Teenager charged in connection with Forge Inn fire in Naas granted bail

Bail with conditions granted today at Naas District Court

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Teenager charged in connection with Forge Inn fire in Naas granted bail

The scene of the fire at the Forge Inn in Naas in March

A 18-year-old man brought before Naas District Court in connection with an alleged fire offence at the former Forge Inn pub in Naas, and with causing damage to a crane at the Mercy Convent, has been granted bail.

At today’s sitting, Jason Crossan, wiht an address at 48 Sarto Road, Naas, was granted bail, subject to conditions. These include staying at at house in Drogheda run by an social help organisation which helps young people in difficulties.

Garda Sgt Jim Kelly said there was no objection to bail on strict conditions.

On March 21, Mr Crossan was remanded in custody in connection with the allegations, and with other alleged charges in the Naas area. These include alleged estimated damage of €350,000 to the Forge Inn pub on March 14; an alleged €90,000 worth of damage to a crane at the Mercy Convent, Sallins Road, Naas between March 19 and 20 last, and other offences.

The court was told that Mr Crossan had a difficult past and had spent time in State care until he turned 18in January.

His bail conditions, as set out by the court, include staying at a house in Termonfeckin, Drogheda, which is leased by ICP, and signing on four days a week at Drogheda Garda Station. He must also stay away from a juvenile co-accused and have “complete abstinence” from alcohol and drugs.

The juvenile, who cannot be named, was last week granted bail on strict conditions, including giving up his phone and not leaving his residence unless in the company of a care worker.

Judge Zaidan said he had some sympathy for Mr Crossan, who who reminded the court, is presumed innocent.

The case is adjourned until May 9 for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.