Guest set flat on fire after being kicked out of party
A MAN set fire to a woman's flat because he was asked to leave a party there, a court heard yesterday, writes Conor Gallagher.
Derek Murphy (23) had been drinking heavily and taking "head shop" drugs prior to the party.
He went home "in a huff" after being asked to leave because of his behaviour.
Murphy of Cleggan Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to arson at Sundale Parade, Mountainview, in Tallaght, on June 21, 2009. The fire caused €34,000 of damage.
Judge Katherine Delahunt said she wanted time to consider an appropriate sentence and remanded him on bail until January.
He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Detective Garda Henry Malarkey told the prosecution that the woman had gone out for the night. She met Murphy in a nightclub and invited him back along with other friends to her home for more drinks.
While they were drinking in the kitchen of her flat, Murphy was being "a bit cheeky and untoward" in his comments.
When the woman asked him to leave, he got up from the table and she assumed he had gone to the bathroom. Shortly afterwards he left the flat entirely without saying goodbye.
A few minutes later the group smelled smoke and followed it to the children's bedroom where one of the beds was on fire.
The fire brigade arrived and put out the blaze.
Murphy has no previous convictions.