Ex­ten­sive dam­age to house linked to man ac­cused of as­sault

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

A VA­CANT HOUSE set on fire last Fri­day night is linked to a Bray man ac­cused of at­tack­ing an el­derly woman.

The fire oc­curred at 6 Hazel­wood in Fas­saroe, right, at around 9.30 p.m. last Fri­day. This is the ad­dress given in court for Jamie O’Brien (22).

Mem­bers of the O’Brien fam­ily had va­cated the Wick­low County Coun­cil prop­erty prior to this in­ci­dent.

Two units of Bray Fire Ser­vice at­tended the fire. There was ex­ten­sive dam­age to the home.

Gar­dai in Bray are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the fire and ap­peal for any­one with any in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward. Bray Garda Sta­tion can be con­tacted at 01 6665300.

A HOUSE linked to a man ac­cused of at­tack­ing an el­derly woman was set on fire last Fri­day night.

The fire was at 6 Hazel­wood, Fas­saroe, Bray, the ad­dress given in court for Jamie O’Brien, who re­mains in cus­tody.

His mother He­lena O’Brien (41) and other fam­ily mem­bers had left the prop­erty in re­cent months and sought to be re-housed by Wick­low County Coun­cil.

O’Brien (22) stands ac­cused of the false im­pris­on­ment and se­ri­ous as­sault of Eva Sut­ton (90), which al­legedly oc­curred at her Dublin Road home on Septem­ber 10, 2015.

Detective In­spec­tor Frank Keenaghan of Bray Garda Sta­tion said that there was crim­i­nal dam­age to the house ini­tially, in the 24 hours lead­ing up to the fire.

He said that some win­dows were bro­ken and items daubed on the walls.

Det Insp Keenaghan said that gar­dai are not aware of any threats made to the fam­ily. ‘No­body from the house has come for­ward and said that they felt un­der threat. They did look to be re­housed,’ he said.

He­lena O’Brien ap­peared in Bray District Court on a public or­der mat­ter on Thurs­day, June 22. A bar­ris­ter in­di­cated to the court that Mrs O’Brien in­tended to move home in a num­ber of weeks.

The fire oc­curred on Fri­day night at around 9.30 p.m. No­body was in the lo­cal au­thor­ity prop­erty at the time.

Det Insp Keenaghan said that the gar­dai made the coun­cil aware of the in­ci­dent.

He said that gar­dai are ac­tively in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter. Their in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­clude go­ing through CCTV footage of peo­ple buy­ing quan­ti­ties of petrol at fill­ing sta­tions.

He said that they have in­ter­viewed a num­ber of wit­nesses and are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

He said that quite a con­sid­er­able amount of work must be done in or­der to make the house hab­it­able.

The house had been sealed off on foot of the crim­i­nal dam­age and be­cause it was va­cated.

Two crews of Bray Fire Ser­vice were dis­patched to Fas­saroe on Fri­day night. There was ex­ten­sive dam­age through­out the prop­erty.

They got the fire un­der con­trol fairly quickly and were there for ap­prox­i­mately 90 min­utes, en­sur­ing that the scene was se­cure.

The house at Hazel­wood, Fas­saroe.

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