Thursday 23 February 2017

Two men charged over arson attack

Eoghan MacConnell

TWO men appeared before a special court sitting yesterday on charges relating to an arson attack that left an 11-year-old girl with serious burns.

Martin Nevin (21) and Michael Stokes (21) were both charged at Longford District Court with criminal damage and causing criminal damage by fire. The charges arose from a fire at the home of Ann Joyce at Pauric Colum Heights in Longford town on Thursday night.

The injured girl is in a stable condition in hospital.

Det Sgt Pauric Jones said he charged Martin Nevin, with an address at Farnagh, Longford, on Saturday. He objected to a bail application, citing the serious nature of the charges and the possibility that "other serious charges may be proffered".

An application was made for bail in both cases. However, Judge Conal Gibbons refused bail for Martin Nevin and remanded him in custody to appear before Harristown District Court in Co Roscommon on Friday.

Garda Conor Egan gave evidence of the arrest and charge of Michael Stokes, of Springlawn, Longford.

When charged, Mr Stokes replied: "I didn't do anything" and "I'm getting blamed for something I didn't do".

Bail

Judge Gibbons consented to the bail application of Mr Stokes, but with conditions. He must provide his own surety of €200 and two independent sureties of €10,000, the judge said.

Mr Stokes must not enter within a 10-mile radius of Longford town except for court or meetings with gardai. He must provide an address outside of Longford town and sign on twice daily; he must obey a 9pm curfew; and he must not contact the alleged injured party.

Mr Stokes was remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear before Harristown District Court on Friday.

Irish Independent

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