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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Man accused of burning neighbour's fence to face trial

Dylan O’Flanagan, from Lusk, is charged with arson
Dylan O’Flanagan, from Lusk, is charged with arson

A young man who allegedly set fire to a neighbour's fence and decking has been sent for trial.

Dylan O'Flanagan (23) was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Swords District Court.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr O'Flanagan has been ordered to keep away from the alleged injured party.

The accused, of Chapel Farm Row in Lusk, Co Dublin, is charged with arson at a neighbour's house in Lusk on June 3 last year.

It is alleged that Mr O'Flanagan damaged by fire wooden decking and fencing.

He is further charged with producing a glass of petrol while committing arson.

He is alleged to have caused hundreds of euro of damage to the neighbour's property in the incident.

State solicitor Michael Durkan said that the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused.

He goes forward for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Inherited

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson made an application for legal aid, saying the accused was unemployed and on social welfare.

Garda Ross Rowan objected to legal aid, saying Mr O'Flanagan was the sole beneficiary of his late mother's estate, and inherited more than €200,000 in 2014.

Gda Rowan said he believed that the accused had "more than enough to discharge the fees in the circuit court".

Gda Rowan also said he believed the case would be "a short matter" in the circuit court.

Mr Jackson said Mr O'Flanagan will not have access to the money for another two years, when he turns 25.

Judge Conal Gibbons said he would leave the decision on legal aid to the circuit court judge.

The accused was remanded on bail in his own bond of €300.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr O'Flanagan is to have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with the alleged injured party.

Mr O'Flanagan replied "no problem, yeah" when he was ordered by Judge Gibbons to stay away from his neighbour.

Judge Gibbons ordered that a video copy of an interview that gardai conducted with the accused be given to his legal team.

Mr O'Flanagan has yet to indicate how he is pleading to the charges.

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