Saturday 1 October 2016

Suspect in a petrol bomb attack that left schoolgirl with burns has home set ablaze

Published 13/05/2015 | 17:49

Roisin Halligan who suffered hand burns in the attack
Roisin Halligan who suffered hand burns in the attack
Pictured are the Halligan children who were the target of a Fire-Petrol Bomb attack at Ballybeg, Waterford City, pictured ia Roisin Halligan 11yrs. Picture: Patrick Browne
Pictured are the Halligan children who were the target of a Fire-Petrol Bomb attack at Ballybeg, Waterford City, pictured from left are Sabrina ( Mum of Roisin), Lexi 18mts, Roisin 11yrs, William 5mts, Ellen (Mum of William). Picture: Patrick Browne
Pictured are the Halligan children who were the target of a Fire-Petrol Bomb attack at Ballybeg, Waterford City, pictured from left are Lexi 18mts, Roisin 11yrs and William 5mts. Picture: Patrick Browne
Roisin Halligan (11)

A man who was initially charged with a petrol bomb attack that left a brave 11-year old girl with severe burns has had his home set ablaze.

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Gregory Hennessy (23) from Priory Lawn, Ballybeg in Waterford, was at home on Saturday night when a similar object was thrown through a sitting room window shortly after 2.30am.

A man was witnessed running away from the scene shortly after the incident occurred. 

A 38-year-old individual was arrested at around 3.30am and was taken to Waterford Garda Station where he was questioned and later released without charge.

There was no injuries reported following the fire.

Last October Mr Hennessy was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal damage after it was alleged that he threw a petrol bomb through the window of a house in Ardmore Park, Ballybeg.

He was charged at a special sitting of Waterford District Court.

At the hearing, Judge Kevin Staunton remanded him in custody to Cork prison but called for him to be placed in protective custody.

He was granted bail in November and an armed unit, with up to five armed gardai, waited outside the courtroom while a brief hearing was held.

However, he later had all charges against him dropped.

Read more: Hero Roisin (11) faces 10 weeks in hospital after fire bombing

Heroic Roisin Halligan, who was just 11-years-old at the time of last year's attack, was badly burned in the blaze.

The brave youngster jumped on her 12 month-old cousin Lexi to shield her when the petrol bomb crashed through the window of her grandmother's Ballybeg home.

Cancer sufferer Nelly Halligan (66), who had been watching TV with her grandchildren, managed to fight the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

Roisin and Lexi needed emergency treatment for their burns at Cork University Hospital.

A three-month-old infant, William Halligan, suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at Waterford University Hospital.

Read more: Hero Roisin who protected toddler (1) in firebomb attack is to receive bravery award from President

President Michael D Higgins will present Roisin, who is now 12, with a National Bravery Award later this year.

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