Man charged with Skibbereen arson attacks

Tuesday 21 January 2014 18.43
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It is alleged that Sean Byrne set fire to six cars at the local fire station
It is alleged that Sean Byrne set fire to six cars at the local fire station
Mr Byrne must stay out of Skibbereen as part of his bail conditions
Mr Byrne must stay out of Skibbereen as part of his bail conditions

A 30-year-old west Cork man has appeared in court in Clonakilty charged with six separate arsons, all of which took place in Skibbereen in the past year.

Though no one was injured in the fires, substantial damage was caused to property.

Sean Byrne, with an address at Bohernabreegha in Drimoleague, is accused of starting the fires at dates between March of 2013 and yesterday.

The court was told the arson spree began on 12 March 2013 when Mr Byrne set fire to a mobile home at McCarthy Plant Hire in Skibbereen.

Less than 24 hours later, it is alleged that Mr Byrne set fire to six cars at the local fire station.

A number of other charges relating to fires were read to the court.

Judge James McNulty said the charges were very serious.

He remanded Mr Byrne, who is unemployed, on bail for one month on strict conditions of staying out of Skibbereen, observing a 12-hour curfew from 9pm every night and also keeping the peace.

Mr Byrne had to give his own bond of €5,000, while an independent surety of €5,000 was also given.

The court was told that there may be more charges made against Mr Byrne in relation to other fires.

He is scheduled to appear at Skibbereen District Court on 25 February next.