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Man set fire to himself in attack on ex-detective

AN ARSONIST set himself alight trying to petrol-bomb the car of a retired garda detective.

The attack took place in a driveway on Avondale Drive in Athy when a man threw petrol into a car but set himself on fire in the process.

He ran from the scene and rolled around furiously in a green area close to the crime scene to put out the flames.

"An accelerant was thrown into a car which was parked in a driveway, a man was seen running from the scene apparently with his clothes on fire," a garda spokesperson told the Herald.


The car belonged to retired detective Kevin Brady, who had been stationed in Athy for 30 years prior to his retirement.

The attack comes after an arson attack on the home of Detective Garda Leon Kenny at the end of January and reports of death threats directed at gardai in Athy.

The incident, which has shocked locals in Athy, took place on Tuesday, March 29.

A 39-year-old man was arrested in the Athy area and brought to Naas Garda Station for questioning in relation to the incident.

He was later released without charge and a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Brady was a decorated member of the force, and was awarded a Garda Merit Award in 1997 for his work in almost all major criminal investigations in the Carlow/Kildare division in two decades.

A native of Ballyjamesduff in Cavan, Kevin has lived in Athy since 1971 having spent a few years as a garda in both Carlow and Ballon.

The home of Detective Garda Leon Kenny from Athy Garda Station was firebombed at the end of January.


The attack occurred at the Athy home of Rose of Tralee winner Charmaine Kenny, who took the crown in 2009.

It is understood that three gardai have received death threats at the south Kildare station, although Superintendent Patrick Kavanagh refused to confirm this.

"We're not going to delve into what is going on on the ground and comment on this for operational purposes and for the comfort and safety of our members," he told the Herald.

Detective Leon Kenny believes the incident may have been linked to his work but cannot think why anybody would target his home in this way.