Naas teen charged in connection with Forge Inn fire refused bail again

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Naas teen charged in connection with Forge Inn fire refused bail again

A teenager facing a number of charges of criminal damage in Naas, including a fire at the Forge Inn pub on March 14, was refused bail again at Naas District Court yesterday, April 4.

Jason Crossan (18), of 48 Sarto Road, Naas who has been in state care since he was eight, has been in custody in Cloverhill prison since his arrest.

Solicitor Conal Boyce representing Mr. Crossan first applied for bail on March 28, but this was refused by Judge Desmond Zaidan.

Mr. Boyce renewed his application at yesterday’s sitting. He said if released Mr. Crossan would be “perfectly supervised by his sister” and would go to his father’s address.

Judge Zaidan asked Mr. Crossan if he had seen any professionals in Cloverhill to which he replied “no, absolutely nothing”.

His co-accused, who is 17, is out on bail.

“He’s in custody because he’s the wrong side of 18”, said Judge Zaidan.

Judge Zaidan said the 18-year-old is “presumed innocent” and while he appreciates the damage done and the very serious allegations, he said there is no point keeping him in.

Sergeant Jim Kelly said the case is moving as quickly as it can, but he has concerns about letting Mr. Crossan out on bail.

Judge Zaidan added that there are “significant underlying issues”, with both parental and state failure.

“To give bail, I need assurance, the state knows the concerns, I don’t”, replied Judge Zaidan.

He remanded him in custody to appear back on April 11 for DPP directions.