Dublin man faces trial over arson kit in Galway City

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A Dublin man has been sent to trial at the Circuit Court for allegedly possessing a massive arson kit with the intent to damage someone’s home.

Richard Clarke, of Walkinstown Parade, Walkinstown, Dublin 12, appeared before Galway District Court this week.

Detective Garda David Kelly informed the court that a book of evidence had been served on the accused that morning.

The 32 year old has been charged with possessing a red jerry can filled with petrol, a plastic bottle of flammable liquid, a canister of butane gas, two lighters, a baseball bat, and a white metal bar.

All of these, it is alleged, were intended to damage the home and/or vehicles of a man resident in Bohermore, the offence of arson under Section 4 of the Criminal Damage Act 1991.

The court heard that the DPP has consented to the case going forward for trial to the next sitting of Galway Circuit Court in April.

The DPP has also indicated that the case may go forward on a signed plea of guilty if that arises.

Judge Mary Fahy made an order sending Clarke forward on bail, with the condition that he remain away from Galway City and County, other than for court appearances.