Belfast Telegraph

Man charged with arson at shop 'not a pyromaniac'

By Alan Erwin

A man accused of setting fire to a north Belfast convenience store is not a pyromaniac, a court has been told.

Neill McGreevy (23), of no fixed address, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court to face a charge of arson endangering life with intent.

It comes after a Co-op branch on the Antrim Road was damaged in a weekend blaze after a pile of rubbish and newspapers were set alight.

A detective confirmed the case against McGreevy is based on CCTV evidence.

While in police custody, McGreevy allegedly stated: "When I get out of here there's going to be murder."

A defence solicitor argued, however, that the accused has a significant learning difficulty.

"He's not a general risk to the public, there's no evidence that he's a pyromaniac or some form of arsonist."

Refusing bail, District Judge Mark Hamill ruled that ensuring public protection must come first.

McGreevy was remanded in custody to appear again on July 31.

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