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Man jailed for setting fire to mobile home over ‘blatantly absurd’ wedding invitations

A MAN has been jailed for four and a half years for setting fire to a mobile home as a result of what a judge declared a “blatantly ludicrous act” for not inviting someone to a wedding.

Charlie Lynch, 31, pleaded guilty in Naas Circuit Court to arson of a mobile home located at the Ardrew stop in Athy, Co. Kildare on December 31, 2019.

Charlie Lynch appeared at Naas Circuit Court today

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Charlie Lynch appeared at Naas Circuit Court today

Lynch, a father of six from Warrenstown Green, Blanchardstown, Dublin also pleaded guilty to a separate count of criminal damage to the same property four days earlier.

The court heard mobile home occupant, Helen McInerney, saw the defendant in a tank top when he approached her home on December 27, 2019 before proceeding to smash the home’s living room window home, which has been witnessed by her 13 years. – eldest daughter.

Damage to the mobile home was estimated at €1,000.

Garda Joseph Gaffney said Ms. McInerney went to Tipperary with her family on New Year’s Eve four days later when she received a call that her mobile home was on fire.

The McInerney trial court identified Lynch as one of the perpetrators from CCTV footage of him wearing the same coat as when he smashed her window a few days earlier.

Garda Gaffney said the case appeared to have arisen from a small family dispute over Ms McInerney’s failure to invite a relative of the defendant to her wedding and then escalated.

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DPP’s attorney, Daniel Boland BL, said the total value of damages to the mobile home was €46,350.

The court heard Lynch initially denied any involvement in the burning of Ms McInerney’s home but later admitted to pouring gasoline on the property and setting it on fire after being shown CCTV footage.

He told gardaí: “I made it. I burned the caravan. I hear it’s empty. My sister gave me a tip.”

However, Garda Gaffney said Lynch would not reveal the identities of the other five or six people who were involved in the incident.

He claimed Lynch believed he was pressured to carry out the arson because his sister was under threat.

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The court that tried Lynch had 64 previous convictions and is currently serving a 10-month prison sentence for the damage charge.

Counseling for Lynch, Kathleen Leader SC, says drugs and alcohol have been a feature of her client’s life since the age of 14, while he also has mental health issues.

Sentencing Lynch to six years in prison for arson, Judge Terence O’Sullivan said it was “an extremely serious crime” because it put people’s lives at risk in a chain of unlawful events. .

The judge said the case arose from a “blatantly ridiculous row” from a minor incident that was allowed to escalate.

He also noted that Lynch has been assessed by the Probation Service as having a high risk of committing a violent crime in the future.

Judge O’Sullivan suspended the final 18 months of his prison term on the condition that Lynch did not use drugs upon release from prison and participated in any treatment and counseling program recommended by the Probation Service.

https://www.thesun.ie/news/8255732/man-jailed-fire-mobile-home-wedding-invitation-row/ Man jailed for setting fire to mobile home over ‘blatantly absurd’ wedding invitations

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