Woman (84) accused of arson remains behind bars ahead of case being sent to Crown Court

Woman (84) accused of arson remains behind bars ahead of case being sent to Crown Court

AN 84-year-old woman accused of 'arson endangering life with intent' has been further remanded at Hydebank Prison ahead of a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to potentially send her case to the Crown Court - being held in June.

Joyce Harriett Evans, with an address listed as Dufferin Square in Bangor, is accused of a fire-related incident at the Dufferin Square Choice housing building on October 10 last year.

A defence lawyer told Newtownards Magistrates' Court the defendant has been in custody since October last year and he was concerned about delays in the case.

He said the accused had previously been granted bail but there were difficulties getting an address.

The lawyer said: "We have been told throughout the process that social services have been trying to get an address for her. She has complex health needs and approximately ten weeks ago we were told a company were specifically obtaining accommodation for her to meet her needs but that hasn't happened yet".

District Judge Mark Hamill said that was "a bit tricky given that, allegedly, she keeps either burning down or threatening to burn down the accommodation she is in".

A prosecutor said a Preliminary Enquiry is due to be held in June.