Jail for man who set fire to to hay barn causing €77,000 worth of damage
A Co Tipperary man has received a four-year sentence, with two years suspended this week, for setting fire to farm buildings and machinery belonging to his former employer causing €77,500 worth of damage.
Daniel Kelly (25) of Tulla, Capparoe, Nenagh appeared before Ennis Circuit Criminal Court this week having pleaded guilty to arson causing €77,500 worth of damage to a barn and farm machinery on February 1, 2015.
He together with a co-accused, Cathal Griffin (26) of Wilton, Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co Tipperary also pleaded guilty to the theft of property valued at €3,800 including electric fencing, a chainsaw and two power hoses.
The court heard previously that Kelly had worked for the Patrick Scanlan, the injured party, and he had gone to his farm at Garraunboy in Killaloe that day to steal property in an effort to recoup monies allegedly owed to him.
Mr Scanlan, denies any money was owing to Kelly.
In summarising the case, Judge Gerald Keys, presiding, outlined that the fire, which resulted from Kelly setting fire to hay bales in a barn that also contained farming machinery, caused €77,500 worth of damage.
He said of this just €17,000 had been recovered by the injured party through his insurance. It was also outlined that €6,800 worth of tools and equipment was stolen from Mr Scanlan on the night, and that all but €2,000 of that had been recovered.