Two people have appeared in Letterkenny District Court yesterday, Wednesday November 7th, in relation to an Arson attack on an equestrian centre in Donegal, as reported by Donegal Daily.
Gerard Given and Julie McCartney, aged 27 and 31 respectively, were both charged in connection with the attack at the Lenamore Stables which is located in Muff. The courts were informed that one of the horses which was killed in the fire was worth in excess of €100,000, as it was a pedigree showjumping horse.
The damage caused is estimated to be in the region of several hundred thousand euros and the entire stables was destroyed as a result with two horses killed, the courts heard. Also damaged as part of the fire was a horse transporter, while a woman who works in the centre had to receive treatment for minor burns and smoke inhalation after the incident.
Ms. McCartney, who is a Derry native and mother of three, is said to be a flight risk by Gardaí, with Sergeant Gerry Farry rejecting her bail appeal. The defence for Ms McCartney, solicitor Ray Lannon, told the courts that his client was on medication for mental health issues and noted she is a vulnerable person at present.
The courts heard evidence that saddles and other stables equipment were found in Ms McCartney’s possession by Gardaí and Judge Paul Kelly subsequently refused her bail as she has no current connections with the state, i.e. she now has no connections with Donegal. She was remanded in custody until November 12th.
Mr. Donagh Cleary, Solicitor for Mr. Gerard Given who was the other perpetrator, told the courts he was applying to have his client remanded in custody until the same date, November 12th. He also asked for medical treatment for his client, for injuries suffered years prior.