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Arson accused ‘was intending to sniff petrol’

An alleged arsonist arrested after a car was set alight claimed he was carrying two suspected bottles of petrol to sniff, the High Court has heard.

Stuart Lemoine was detained following an attack which caused £600 worth of damage to a Mazda vehicle in Bangor, Co Down, on Monday, prosecutors said.

Lemoine (25), of Lisnabreen Walk in the town, was said to have been carrying a bag containing a claw hammer, balaclava, gloves, two pairs of ripped-up boxer shorts and a newspaper.

Two half-litre containers with

a petrol or chemical smell were also in it, according to the prosecution.

Police later recovered 1,200 diazapam tablets during searches of his home.

Lemoine faces charges of arson, possession of articles with intent to damage property, possession of an offensive weapon, and possession of a class C drug with intent to supply.

Bail was refused due to the risks if the accused was released.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: “Setting a vehicle on fire is something which would cause extreme concern to members of the public.”

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