Man denies arson rap
A 25-YEAR-OLD Dublin man is to face trial before a judge and jury in connection with an arson which allegedly destroyed a tiler's van and €9,000 worth of tools.
Dean Dennison of Ardcollin Avenue, Artane, had been charged in May 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 was entered.
In an outline of the evidence, Gda Hickey had said it earlier that would be alleged that it was “basically arson”.
A window was smashed in the van and “petrol was then poured in”, Gda Hickey has said 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 Cormac Dunne was told that Mr Dennison was pleading not guilty which means the case will be sent forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Judge Dunne remanded him on continuing bail to appear again on a date in September when he is to be served with a book of evidence.