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Friday 9 December 2016

Man charged with arson as homes gutted

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

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

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

His solicitor made no bail application on his behalf.

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

Mr Ward, of Millfield Manor, Newbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with one count of arson to a neighbouring house last Tuesday.

Det Gda Maeve Ward told the court she arrested the defendant at Newbridge Garda Station at 11.17pm on Wednesday and he made no reply after caution when the charge was put to him.

He was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Det Gda Ward said she was applying for the accused to be remanded in custody.

Defence solicitor David Gibbons said he was not making an application for bail.

He asked the judge to recommend appropriate medical and psychiatric treatment for the accused while he is in custody.

He added that he might be in a position to address the issue of bail at that stage and he would make an application for legal aid at a later date.

"It's likely to be the case that he will be without income going forward because he has taken a certain amount of leave and I'm not sure when that is going to run out," Mr Gibbons said.

INJURED

Mr Ward did not address the court during the brief hearing.

According to gardai, six houses were gutted when fire engulfed the terrace at about 4pm on Tuesday.

Fire brigade units from Newbridge and Naas were at the scene within 10 minutes of the alarm being raised.

They managed to stop the fire spreading to a neighbouring terrace but were unable to save the six homes.

Nobody was injured in the blaze.

aphelan@herald.ie

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