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Thursday 21 November 2019

Woman faces trial over alleged threats to kill and arson attack

Rebecca Coates has not indicated a plea to the charges
Rebecca Coates has not indicated a plea to the charges

A Dublin woman is facing trial accused of an arson attack on another woman's caravan.

Rebecca Coates (44) is further accused of making threats to kill or cause serious harm to the woman.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter for six weeks to a date in September for the book of evidence.

The accused, of Corduff Grove in Blanchardstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with making threats to kill or cause serious harm to another named individual.

The threats were allegedly made at Avondale Park in Mulhuddart last March 10.

Ms Coates is further charged with arson at the same time and location.

In that charge, it is alleged that she damaged by fire a Volkswagen caravan.

Curfew

After she was charged with the offences, Ms Coates replied "allegedly", the court heard.

As part of her bail conditions, she has been ordered to have no contact with the alleged injured party or any witnesses.

She must also sign on each week at her local Garda station, provide a contact number to gardai and obey a curfew.

Sergeant Geraldine McManigan told the court the DPP had directed trial on indictment in the circuit court on the charges.

Defence solicitor Damien Coffey said that Ms Coates was signing on three times a week.

Mr Coffey said the accused had been adhering strictly to her bail conditions, and was walking to the Garda station.

He handed a medical letter into court, asking for the sign on to be reduced to twice a week.

Judge McHugh agreed to reduce the sign on condition to twice a week.

Ms Coates has not yet indicated how she is pleading to the charges.

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