A man appeared in Letterkenny District court recently, charged with a range of offences such as making threats against the owner of a Donegal Equestrian centre, theft, arson and trespassing, as reported by Donegal Daily.
Gerard Given, from Circular Road in Derry, appeared in court on November 12th and was charged with making threats against the stable’s owner, Geraldine Graham, a few weeks before the Equestrian Centre was the victim of an arson attack. The threats were made on October 15th, with Mr Given telling Ms Graham he would damage the property.
Mr Given is said to have carried out the arson attack alongside accomplice, Julie McCartney, at Lenamore Stables in Muff, Co. Donegal on November 4th, a few weeks after making the threats. Two horses were killed as a result of the incident and several hundred thousand euros worth of damage caused, as reported by us here.
One horse, a pedigree showjumping horse, which was killed was estimated to be worth in excess of €100,000. A woman who works at the equestrian centre had to receive medical treatment after the arson attack, for minor burns and smoke inhalation.
The courts heard that 27-year-old, Gerard Given, has not yet sought bail and remains in custody. He is facing further charges of trespassing, theft and arson. He will be remanded in custody until November 19th.
The other accused, Julie McCartney, remains in custody and is due to appear in court via video link on November 26th.