Limerick man admits setting his neighbour’s house on fire

A SOUTHILL man will be sentenced in May after he admitted setting fire to his neighbours home last year.

A SOUTHILL man will be sentenced in May after he admitted setting fire to his neighbours home last year.

At Limerick Circuit Court, James Long, 39, who has an address at 402 O’Malley Park, Southill pleaded guilty to a charge of arson. The charge relates to a fire at 403 O’Malley Park which broke out in the early hours of January 1, 2011.

The owner of that house - 48-year-old John Keane - was left homeless as a result of the fire as he did not have house insurance at the time.

Mr Keane was not at home when the fire was started but returned to find it ablaze after attending a house party earlier in the night to ring in the New Year.

In the days after the fire he went on hunger strike while living in the rear of his van outside Roxboro Garda Station to highlight his plight.

James Long will be sentenced by Judge Carroll Moran on May 15, next.

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