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Man in court accused of trying to set fire to Belfast building

By Alan Erwin

A man appeared in court today accused of trying to set fire to a building in south Belfast.

Michael McGeown, 56, faces three charges over an incident at premises on the Ormeau Road on Wednesday.

Police were called to the scene following reports of a man on the roof of the building.

McGeown, of McAuley Street in Belfast, entered the dock at the city's magistrates' court accused of attempted arson with intent to endanger life.

He is further charged with criminal damage and possessing a bag of papers and lighters with intent to damage property.

The defendant was granted bail to live under curfew and electronic monitoring an address in the city, the Northern Ireland Courts Service confirmed.

He must also abide by an exclusion zone and report to police three times a week.

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