Man set front door on fire in row over phone

by Dave O'Connor

A MOLDOVAN man who set fire to his former housemate’s front door in a row over a mobile phone will be sentenced in July.
Vladislav Roman (35) had previously made drunken threats to the residents after his phone went missing as he believed one of them had taken it.
He returned to the house and set the fire after gardai were called to a “commotion” at the house earlier that evening, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.
Roman, of Walton Hall, Riverbank, Swords pleaded guilty to damaging a property at Seabury Parade, Malahide by fire and was reckless as to whether the lives of the occupants were endangered on May 9, 2016.
His lawyer said Roman had been living here for ten years and had worked “ceaselessly” during that time in various jobs. He said Roman had a significant problem with alcohol.
Detective Garda Donal O’Connell said Roman was living in the house with a woman, her two adult sons and a student. He said things were initially fine but disharmony arose following a party where Roman was stopped from drink driving.
He then formed the opinion that one of the people in the house had taken his mobile phone and became aggressive and abusive any time he was drinking, issuing threats to people in the house.
One of the residents said she would sleep with her door locked at times due to the accused.
On the evening of the offence, gardai were called to the house after neighbours noticed a “commotion” going on.
Roman, who had been drinking with three friends in the garden of the house, had been confronted by the other residents after grabbing a phone from one of them.
During the commotion, Roman put a knife to one resident’s throat before threatening to kill her and her sons and burn them.
He left the area before gardai arrived.
At 2am, smoke was detected coming into the house and the fire brigade attended and helped to put out the blaze.
The front door was badly burned but no fire had encroached inside the house. Accelerant had been poured on the door.
Roman, who has 13 previous convictions, was arrested the following day.
Gardai agreed that the incidents of violence at the house prior to the arson had been of a “low level” and that Roman had got “a blow or two himself”.
The case was adjourned for preparation of a probation report

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