Gardaí opposed bail for woman charged with arson

Gardai opposed the granting of bail to a 26 year-old mother of one who is accused of arson following a house fire in which a 70 year-old woman was seriously injured.

Detective Garda Brian Kearins set out a number of grounds for objecting to the release from custody of Nicola Kavanagh with an address in Rathmullen Park, Drogheda including alleged CCTV evidence and admissions made by the accused.

She appeared at the holiday sitting of Dundalk District Court on Thursday having been remanded after she was charged and brought before Trim Court the previous Tuesday.

Judge James Faughnan adjourned her bail application and remanded her back to Trim Court this Tuesday for paperwork to be completed relative to her medical condition.

Ms Kavanagh is charged with the alleged offence at 94 Chord Road, Drogheda in the early hours of last Saturday morning, August 16.

Detective Garda Kierins said the seriousness of the charge was another ground for objecting to bail.

Defence barrister David Costello said that the accused was willing to abide by stringent conditions imposed by the court, including signing on daily at the Garda Station and abide by a curfew, as well as stay off drugs and alcohol and keep away from where the alleged offence occurred.


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