Woman remanded in custody over Drogheda arson

Nicola Kavanagh (26) arrested in relation to fire at property on Chord Road on Saturday

A 26-year-old woman has been remanded in custody after being charged with arson in relation to a house fire in Drogheda. Photograph:Frank Miller /The Irish Times.

A 26-year-old woman has been remanded in custody after being charged with arson in relation to a house fire in Drogheda. Photograph:Frank Miller /The Irish Times.

Tue, Aug 19, 2014, 12:05

A 26-year-old woman has been remanded in custody after being charged with arson in relation to a house fire in Drogheda.

Nicola Kavanagh, with an address as Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, is accused of causing arson damage at 94 Chord Road, Drogheda, a property belonging to Oliver and Eva Berrill.

The offence is alleged to have occurred on Saturday and is contrary to section 2 of the Criminal Damage Act 1991.

At a vacation sitting of Trim District Court today (Tuesday), Detective Garda Brian Kearins gave evidence of arrest charge and caution.

He said he arrested her at 6.13pm yesterday (Monday) at Drogheda Garda station and charged her at 6.30pm.

Ms Kavanagh made no reply to the charge, he told the court.

Garda Supt Mary Gormley said the accused could be remanded in custody by consent.

The defence solicitor agreed and asked the court to direct the accused receive appropriate medical attention while in custody.

Legal aid was applied for and granted by Judge James Faughnan.

Ms Kavanagh was remanded in custody to the vacation sitting of Dundalk District Court on Thursday.