Moll's arson man now 'on thin ice'

ONE of two men found guilty of the arson of a car in Moll's Gap in April 2011 will not have his suspended jail sentence triggered despite a public order charge during his probationary period.

In May last year, Richard Duggan (26), of Whispering Pines, Farran, Co Cork, was labelled a "scamp" by Judge James O'Connor when found guilty of torching the Volvo advertising The Strawberry Field Pancake House near Moll's Gap. He was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years on condition he keep the peace for two years.

At Friday's Kenmare District Court, Supt. Flor Murphy said the defendant was again before the court after he had pleaded guilty to a public order offence at Bandon District Court.

Following the guilty plea, Judge James McNulty sent Duggan back to Judge James O'Connor to decide if he had breached conditions. Judge O'Connor questioned if the drunk and disorderly charge was aggravated and Supt. Murphy said it wasn't. "I don't think it merits activating the suspended sentence but he is on very thin ice," the judge added.

The defendant will next appear in Bandon on July 12.