Woman accused of petrol threat blaze

by Gazette Reporter
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A woman has appeared in court charged with serious assault on a council worker and threatening behaviour after bringing a lighter and a bottle filled with petrol into Fingal offices.

Melissa Joyce (23), of St Mary’s Park, Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on June 18. She is accused of bringing a lighter and a plastic bottle filled with petrol into the offices of Fingal County Council on Grove Road, Blanchardstown.

The alleged incident took place on Tuesday, June 11 at approximately 4pm. It is alleged that she threatened to burn the office down and assaulted a council official from the housing department.

The building was evacuated at the time and the accused was pursued.

She has been ordered to stay away from the council offices in Blanchardstown for the duration of the trial.

The matter was adjourned by Judge David McHugh for four weeks for the DPP’s directions on the charges.

A spokesperson for Fingal County Council did not wish to comment as it is in the courts but said there were “no injuries to members of the public or to staff”.

Meanwhile, local councillors are calling for Fingal to investigate security measures for their employees.


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