Teen who caused damage worth €80,000 in arson attack remanded in custody

A youth accused of causing €80,000 worth of damages to a house during an arson in Galway in March has been further remanded in custody pending a decision on his trial venue.

The 17-year-old boy had been charged earlier with arson of a two-storey terrace house at Creagh, in Ballinasloe, on March 18 last.

He had been refused bail at a previous hearing and appeared at the Dublin Children’s Court today where Garda Aiden Lonergan told Judge Eugene O’Kelly that it was hoped that directions from the DPP would be available next week.

Directions from the DPP are required to determine whether the case should be dealt with in a juvenile court or instead be sent forward to a Circuit Court, which has wider sentencing powers.

Judge O’Kelly agreed to further remand the teenager, who was accompanied to his hearing today by his mother, in custody to appear again at a sitting of Ballinasloe District Court, on May 24.

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