West Donegal man charged with setting fire to his own property

 

An Annagary man, who has been charged with causing arson to five acres of his own property has had his case put back at Dungloe District Court.

The previous sitting of Dungloe Court in Letterkenny heard that it took up to 60 local people and firefighters to put out the flames.

51-year-old Thomas Brennan of Loughanoran, Annagary is charged with damaging by fire a large area of property, namely five acres of gorse which was in close proximity to a number of residential dwellings and agricultural and commercial properties on May 11th.

The court was told previously that Gardaí had no objection to bail but requested a curfew be imposed on Mr Brennan.

The accused's solicitor, Mr Frank Dorrian queried the curfew saying his client had no history of arson.

Judge Paul Kelly ordered the 51 year old to keep a curfew of between 10pm and 7am, to remain sober, to sign on once a week at Bunbeg garda station, not to interfere with witnesses and to not to light fires outside his home or elsewhere.

When the case was called at Dungloe district court yesterday, defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said it was a recent matter and he asked for an adjournment for disclosure.

Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until September 8.