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Friday 20 September 2019

Woman accused of arson on VW caravan and threats to kill

Rebecca Coates leaving Blanchardstown District Court
Rebecca Coates leaving Blanchardstown District Court

An alleged arsonist who is also accused of making threats to kill a woman has been sent for trial.

Rebecca Coates (44) was served with the book of evidence when she appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused, of Corduff Grove, Blanchardstown, is charged with making threats to kill or cause serious harm to another named individual.

The threats were allegedly made at Avondale Park, Mulhuddart, on March 10.

Ms Coates is further charged with arson at the same time and location. In that charge, it is alleged that she damaged a Volkswagen caravan.

She is also charged with damaging three windows in a car and making threats to damage property.

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

Alibi

A State solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Ms Coates the formal alibi caution.

The judge also assigned defence solicitor Dara Robinson and one junior counsel on free legal aid to act on behalf of Ms Coates.

As part of her bail conditions, Ms Coates has been ordered to have no contact with the alleged injured party nor any witnesses in the case.

The accused must also sign on each week at her local garda station.

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

Judge McHugh further ordered that a DVD of interviews which gardai conducted with the accused be passed on to her lawyers.

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