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Arson rap man gets time to consider his plea

A 25-YEAR-OLD Dublin man charged in connection with an arson which allegedly destroyed a tiler's van and €9,000 worth of tools, has been given four weeks to consider how he will plead

Dean Dennison of Ardcollin Avenue, Artane, was charged last month with criminal damage to the tradesman's Renault van and assorted tools, at Beech Hill Avenue, Dublin 4, on January 18, 2010.

Garda Gerard Hickey had told Dublin District Court on May 25 that Mr Dennison, who is unemployed, “made no reply to caution”.

The DPP has directed that the case should only be dealt with in the jurisdiction of the District Court if a guilty plea is entered.

In an outline of the evidence, Gda Hickey had said earlier that it would be alleged that it was “basically arson”.

A window was smashed in the van and “petrol was then poured in”, Gda Hickey had alleged adding that the van and €9,000 worth of tools were destroyed.

He had also said the arrest came after a number of searches and mobile phones had been seized.

Today Judge Patrick Clyne was told by Mr Dennison's barrister that in recent days the defence had been furnished by the prosecution with evidence in the case. More time was needed to take instructions from Mr Dennison.

Judge Clyne agreed to give him more time and remanded him on continuing bail.