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Woman to stand trial accused of recklessly endangering lives in two arson attacks in Belfast, judge rules

By Alan Erwin

Published 01/06/2015

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A woman is to stand trial accused of recklessly endangering lives in two arson attacks in Belfast, a judge ruled today.

Veronica Croskery is alleged to have twice targeted a housing association property in the city.

The 51-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with two counts of arson endangering life.

Croskery is accused of damaging the front door of a flat and a lift belonging to Helm Housing Association.

The alleged incident happened at Durham House in March.

A second arson charge relates to damage caused to a stairwell in the Association's property the same month.

Croskery, of Cliftonville Avenue in north Belfast, is again alleged to have been reckless about whether the lives of residents in the building would be endangered.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing prosecutors submitted that she has a case to answer.

Croskery declined to call witnesses or give evidence at this stage in proceedings.

Based on the papers District Judge Fiona Bagnall held that a prima facie case has been established.

She ordered Croskery to be returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

The accused was released on continuing bail until those proceedings get underway.

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