THE trial of a Wexford man accused of ordering an arson attack on the home of a prison nurse while behind bars has reached its closing stages.
William Ryan (53) is alleged to have arranged the arson attack from his cell because of a row with the nurse over haemorrhoid cream. Ryan was serving a sentence for public order offences at the time.
Mr Ryan, of Ballygarett, Gorey, Co Wexford, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to using a mobile phone from Wheatfield Prison on September 3, 2007 and two counts of arson on cars outside the nurse’s home in south Dublin the following night.
Judge Patrick McCartan ruled that there was not enough evidence to support the charge of using a mobile phone while in prison and withdrew it from the jury.
The jury of four men and eight women heard closing speeches today and will begin their deliberations tomorrow.