Northern Ireland

Men appear in court accused of arson in Newtownabbey

Two Newtownabbey men have appeared in court accused of an arson attack in the town on Saturday morning.

Jonathan Lightbody, 23, of King's Gardens and Mark Corry, 25, from Fernagh Drive, are both charged with arson with intent to endanger life.

The charges relate to a fire at King's Avenue which destroyed a garden shed before spreading to an oil tank.

They are also accused of possession of an offensive weapon, a baseball bat, in a public place.

Jonathan Lightbody is accused of two more charges of arson relating to damaged garden fences and one charge of common assault.

Bail opposed

Mark Corry is also accused of burglary with intent to steal from a house at King's Avenue.

A detective constable, who said she could connect the men to the charges, told Belfast Magistrate's Court that she opposed bail because of how close the accused live to the alleged victim.

However, bail was granted on condition that they stay at locations away from the scene of the fire.

The detective constable also said that Jonathan Lightbody was alleged to have been involved in a burglary two nights earlier which may be connected to the weekend fire.

He has not been charged, however, with involvement in that alleged incident.

Mark Corry's solicitor said his client totally denied any involvement in the alleged attack.

District Judge Harry McKibbin ordered the men not to contact the alleged victim, to stay away from the scene and to observe a night time curfew.