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Youth remanded over Galway arson attack

A YOUTH accused of causing €80,000 worth of damage to a house in Galway has been further remanded in custody pending a decision on his trial venue.

The 17-year-old boy had been charged earlier with arson of a two-storey terrace house at Creagh, in Ballinasloe, on 18 March last.

He had been refused bail at a previous hearing, and appeared at the Dublin Children's Court this morning where judge Eugene O'Kelly heard from gardai that a decision from the DPP was due next week.

Directions from the DPP are required to determine whether the case should be dealt with in a juvenile court or instead be sent forward to a Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

Judge O'Kelly agreed to further remand the teenager, who was accompanied to the hearing by his mother, in custody to appear again at a sitting of Ballinasloe District Court, on May 24.