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Dozens of households evacuated in Donegal after man set automotive ablaze with cigarette lighter inflicting €45k price of injury

DOZENS of households needed to be evacuated from an residence block after a person set fireplace to a automotive with a cigarette lighter inflicting €45,000 of injury.

Rory O’Hara appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court docket, in Co Donegal the place he pleaded to a single cost of arson.

Rory O'Hara at Letterkenny Circuit Court

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Rory O’Hara at Letterkenny Circuit Court docket
Rory O’Hara appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court, in Co Donegal

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Rory O’Hara appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court docket, in Co Donegal

The courtroom was advised that shortly earlier than 11pm on November twenty ninth, 2018 a fireplace broke out on the Riverfront Home, Pearse Street in Letterkenny.

Residents needed to be evacuated and there was in depth harm brought on to an underground automotive park.

Gardai and different emergency companies known as to the scene and the hearth was introduced below management.

COPS INVESTIGATE

It transpired {that a} automotive had been set on fireplace and this brought on different harm to elements of the automotive park.

Gardai started an investigation and chatted to various folks on the scene.

One in every of these folks was a person who was driving round on a black mountain bike who was inebriated.

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From CCTV footage Gardai seen the identical man coming into the underground automotive park at 10.46pm and leaving once more at 10.52pm simply earlier than smoke beginning coming from the constructing.

They recognized the person as Rory O’Hara and later arrested and interviewed by Garda Ronan Morris in regards to the blaze.

O’Hara declined to view the CCTV footage however admitted that he had been depressed and was “out of his head” throughout the incident.

The accused has various earlier convictions for housebreaking and theft and had served a month in jail, the court was advised.

The automotive which was destroyed within the blaze belonged to a Ms Josephine Doherty who was having just a few drinks on the Station Home Lodge and had parked it up.

‘SERIOUS BUT BIZARRE’ CRIME

The proprietor of the automotive park, Mr Dermot Gildea of Gildea Developments, put the general estimate for harm at €44,996 which included harm to the property, lighting and an air con system.

Barrister for the accused, Mr Shane Costello, SC, stated O’Hara was abusing medicine on the time together with hashish and spice.

He stated it was a “critical however weird” crime and that O’Hara had little recollection of it though he did admit he set the automotive seat on fireplace with a lighter.

Choose John Aylmer adjourned the case for last sentencing.

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