BAIL REFUSED TO MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON ATTACK ON MONAGHAN GARDA STATION

28 August 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Bail was refused at a special District Court sitting at the weekend to a man who has been charged in connection with an arson attack on the Monaghan Garda Station at the Plantation Road in Monaghan Town.

A motor vehicle was driven through the barrier at the front of the station around 7 pm on Saturday evening last. The vehicle was driven to the public entranceway and subsequently set on fire.

No injuries were sustained in the incident, but damage to the building has been estimated at €20,000. Smoke damage was also caused to the structure which was closed to the public for a time in the aftermath of the incident.

The blazing car was dealt with promptly by Monaghan Fire Service personnel. The scene attracted a large contingent of onlookers and images of it were circulated widely on social media.

A man was arrested at the scene and brought to Carrickmacross Garda Station for questioning.

SPECIAL COURT SITTING

At a special sitting of the District Court in Virginia, Co Cavan on Sunday evening, a 41-year-old Monaghan Townsman, Peter Cassidy from 4 Cluain Lorcain, appeared on a charge alleging arson at the Monaghan Garda Station building on August 22, 2015.

The charge referred to damage to the value of €20,000 to brickwork, interior rooms and windows at the building.

Mr John Dunne BL (instructed by Bríd Mimnagh, solicitor) moved an application for bail in respect of the accused man, but this was objected by the Gardaí.

Judge William Hamill refused the bail application and remanded Mr Cassidy in custody to Castlerea Prison, to appear before Harristown District Court tomorrow, Friday August 28.

Judge Hamill requested that Mr Cassidy receive appropriate medical and ….

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