Teenager charged with arson causing €6m damage

A teenager was arrested today and charged with arson causing €6m worth of damage at a factory in Cork city.

A teenager was arrested today and charged with arson causing €6m worth of damage at a factory in Cork city.

Garda Con O’Sullivan arrested Jason Heaphy (aged 18) of 59 Kerryhall Road, Cork, and charged him with arson at Keyteck Ltd in the Sunbeam Industrial Estate at Commons Road, Cork on August 13 2001.

In reply after caution, Heaphy said: "I’m not pleading guilty to that at all."

Heaphy is also accused of burglary at the premises on the same occasion.

Judge Con O’Leary adjourned the case for preparation of a book of evidence until January 7 2003, on the application of Inspector Denis O’Shea.

Bail of €5,000 was granted on the arson charge.

A 17-year-old who cannot be named because he is a juvenile was charged with the single count of burglary at Keyteck on the same date. His case was also adjourned to January 7.

The plastics factory referred to in the charges was destroyed by fire and it has since re-located to Little Island, Co Cork.

During the case at Cork District Court today, Judge O’Leary asked what the amount of the alleged damage was.

Garda O’Sullivan said '€6 million'.

It is anticipated that the case will be sent forward for trial at Cork Circuit Criminal Court some time next year.

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