Monday 19 August 2019

Man accused of setting fire to industrial bins further remanded in custody

Eoin Berkeley
Eoin Berkeley
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

AN alleged arsonist accused of setting fire to two industrial bins has been further remanded in custody pending the DPP's directions on the charge.

Eoin Berkeley (25) is facing trial after a judge refused jurisdiction to deal with the incident in the district court, however, the DPP's formal directions have not yet been given.

Dublin District Court heard that the garda investigation file had not yet been submitted to the DPP.

Judge John Hughes further remanded Mr Berkeley in custody for two weeks, pending DPP's directions on the charge.

The judge refused to mark the matter peremptory against the State, saying it was unlikely the book of evidence would be ready on the next date.

The accused, formerly from Finglas, is charged with committing arson by setting fire to two industrial bins.

The arson allegedly took place at Liberty Lane in Dublin 8 on May 31, 2017.

The DPP had directed summary trial in the district court where the penalties upon conviction are less severe but a judge had previously refused jurisdiction to deal with the matter.

The case was before the court for DPP's directions.

A garda sergeant said that DPP's directions were not available at this point as the file had not been submitted to the director.

Defence lawyer Garrett Casey asked the matter be marked peremptory against the State, saying that jurisdiction was refused two months ago.

Mr Casey said he had already received disclosure of statements in relation to the allegation.

Mr Casey also said his client was in custody on this matter and had not made an application for bail.

He also said that there was only consent to a two-week adjournment.

Judge Hughes remanded Mr Berkeley in custody to appear before the court on August 28, for DPP's directions on the charge.

Mr Berkeley, whose head was shaven and was wearing a black combat-style jacket, did not address the court during the short hearing.

Previously, Garda Christopher Lanney gave evidence of arresting him at the court and putting the criminal damage charge to him. Mr Berkeley made no reply when charged, the court heard.

Legal aid was also previously assigned to defence solicitor Tony Collier.

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