Man released as all arson-related charges dropped


A man who appeared in court recently in connection with an arson at a stables in Co. Donegal has been released from Garda custody, after charges against him were dropped.

Man released as all arson-related charges dropped

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A man who appeared in court recently in connection with an arson at a stables in Co. Donegal has been released from Garda custody, after charges against him were dropped.

Gerard Given, from Circular Road in Co. Derry, appeared before Letterkenny District court in November of last year, charged with a range of offences, such as making threats against the owner of Lenamore Stables in Muff, Co. Donegal.

The man was also charged with the arson of the stables in question and during the arson attack on the equestrian centre an estimated €100,000 worth of damage was caused, with two horses killed as a result of the incident and a stable worker needing medical treatment, as reported by us here. Mr. Given was alleged to have carried out the attack with accomplice Julie McCartney.

Derry native Given was charged with making threats against stable owner, Geraldine Graham, as well as trespassing, theft and arson charges. The 27-year-old was remanded in custody in Castlerea Prison since his last appearance in Court and he appeared at the most recent sitting at Letterkenny District court via video link.

The Director of Public Prosecution, however, ordered that all charges against Mr. Given to be withdrawn, as reported in the Donegal Daily, to which Given showed his delight via video. The other accused in the stables arson case, Julie McCartney, will appear before Buncrana District court on Thursday, January 10th.

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