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Dublin boy (14) in court accused of setting fire to a field

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The 14-year-old boy is charged with criminal damage to a field of grass, bushes and shrubberies in north Co. Dublin on a date in May
The 14-year-old boy is charged with criminal damage to a field of grass, bushes and shrubberies in north Co. Dublin on a date in May

A DUBLIN youth has appeared in court accused of arson after a field was set on fire.

The 14-year-old boy is charged with criminal damage to a field of grass, bushes and shrubberies in north Co. Dublin on a date in May. He also faces a public order charge.

Garda Nicola McMorrow told Judge John O'Connor at Dublin Children's Court that it was alleged the field was set on fire and it was located near the boy's home. 

The teen made no reply when charged and did not address the court.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone asked if there was CCTV evidence and the garda said there was none. Legal aid was granted and the teenager, who was accompanied to court by his father, was ordered to appear again later this month when he will be expected to enter a plea.