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Thursday 17 April 2014

Kitchen porter charged with torching ex-girlfriend’s home is remanded in custody

A KITCHEN porter charged with torching the home of his ex-girlfriend in Dublin last weekend has been further remanded in custody for another two weeks.

Last Sunday night, gardaí used a ladder to rescue several occupants when a house, which is divided into apartments, on the South Circular Road, in Dublin went up in flames.



Dublin Fire Brigade rushed to the scene and extinguished the blaze, and 24-year-old Sintia Teika, who is from Latvia, was taken to St James's hospital for treatment for minor burn injuries.



The following day, Vladimirs Li (29), who is originally from Latvia but has an address at Leinster Road, in Rathmines, Dublin, was detained at Kevin St Garda station for questioning.



On Tuesday morning, he was brought before Dublin District Court charged with arson in connection with the incident. His ex-girlfriend, who had known him for three months, had wept in court as she said she was fear in of him.



Garda Colleen Doherty had told Judge Victor Blake that directions from the DPP have to be obtained. She had to objected to bail citing the seriousness of the charge and fears of possible interference with witnesses.



The court had also heard on Tuesday that it was alleged Mr Li brought a petrol cannister to the woman's home and started the fire.



He was then refused bail and appeared yesterday at Cloverhill District Court. Judge Gráinne Malone further remanded Mr Li, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, in custody to appear again at the same court on January 31 next.

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