Man is accused of arson endangering life of his wife in County Down

Man is accused of arson endangering life of his wife in County Down

A MAN is accused of arson endangering the life of his wife at Clintons Park in Downpatrick on Sunday September 19 this year.

Michael McColl (52), of Clintons Park, is also charged with causing grievous bodily harm to his wife with intent.

He appeared at Downpatrick Magistrates Court on Monday via a video link from Belfast.

A police officer said she believed she could connect the defendant to the charges.

A defence solicitor said the defendant instructed him not to make a bail application at this time and added his client "has made it very, very, clear that he co-operated fully during the course of the interview that was carried out in the early morning in relation to this matter without the assistance of any legal representation".

The lawyer added: "He made it absolutely clear that his thoughts are with his wife at this moment in time".

No further details were given to the court.

District Judge Amanda Brady said they were "serious charges" and remanded the defendant in custody to October 18.