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Christmas Day arson accused granted bail

A man accused of deliberately setting fire to a Ballymoney property on Christmas Day last year has been granted bail during a hearing at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Ballymena on Monday, June 14.

Nicusor Adascalitei formally of Moycraig Road, Mosside, appeared before Coleraine Magistrates Court by videolink from Maghberry Prison, charged with arson endangering life with intent and threats to kill after the incident at the property on Charles Street Ballymoney.

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During the bail application, District Judge Pete King – who had previously refused bail for the defendant on the likelihood of reoffending – said that the defendant had already served the equivalent to a year’s sentence in custody and as there was no timescale on the remaining evidence required from the police, he would be considering bail in this case.

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The Defence Lawyer reminded the court that his client was already on Crown court bail for another matter.

The defence also told the court that the defendant no longer had the use of the address he had previously resided at, instead, he was looking into hostels, but this was proving difficult given the nature of the charges against the defendant.

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Granting bail, Judge king ordered the defendant to reside at an address approved by police, to be curfew with an electronic tag between 8 pm and 7 am, not to contact any injured parties or witnesses in the case and not to enter Ballymoney.

The Judge put the defendant on his own bail of £500, fixed, adjourning the case until July 5 to appear back before the Court.

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