Thursday 22 March 2018

Man charged with arson after row of houses gutted

The scene of the fire
The scene of the fire

Andrew Phelan

A MAN has been charged in connection with a fire that engulfed a row of houses in Co Kildare.

Daragh Ward (39) was remanded in custody when he appeared in Dublin District Court charged with arson.

He is accused of damaging one house in a row of six that were left gutted following a blaze on Tuesday.

His solicitor made no bail application on his behalf.

Judge Grainne O'Neill adjourned the case until April 8 and recommended medical and psychiatric treatment for the accused while he is in custody.

Mr Ward, with an address at Millfield Manor, Newbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with one count of arson to a neighbouring house on March 31.

He had presented himself to gardaí at Celbridge Garda Station and was taken to Newbridge Garda Station where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act before he was brought before the court.

Mr Ward, wearing a black hooded top and navy blue tracksuit bottoms, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Irish Independent

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