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Accused 'set fire to man's sleeping bag'

By Alan Erwin

Published 27/07/2016

Alan Patton was charged over an alleged incident in Belfast earlier this year
Alan Patton was charged over an alleged incident in Belfast earlier this year

A man has appeared in court accused of putting another man's life in danger by setting fire to his sleeping bag.

Alan Patton was charged over an alleged incident in Belfast earlier this year.

The 34-year-old, of Glenrosa Street in the city, faces a count of arson endangering life with intent.

As Patton was brought from custody to Belfast Magistrates' Court, his lawyer challenged the strength of the prosecution case.

He claimed there were "contradictory" issues about the man in the sleeping bag.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall also pressed a prosecutor on what progress has been made.

She was told information about CCTV evidence and previous convictions of a witness have not yet been received.

Adjourning the case until next month, she indicated that a date for a preliminary enquiry hearing should be set at that stage.

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