Man charged with arson at Derry homeless shelter

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A 44-year-old man has appeared in court accused of arson at a homeless shelter in Derry.

Shaun Anthony McIntyre, whose address was given on court papers as no fixed abode, is charged with arson endangering life with intent.

It is alleged McIntyre damaged a mattress and internal walls in the Simon Community hostel at Bonds Hill in the Waterside on March 4 last.

During a brief hearing at Derry Magistrates Court, the 44-year-old spoke only to confirm his details and to say he understood the charge.

An investigating officer told the court she believed she could connect the defendant to the charge.

She also confirmed that McIntyre has mental health issues.

The officer said the defendant accepted setting fire to the mattress but claimed he did so to harm himself and not the other residents in the hostel.

Defence solicitor Maeliosa Barr said there would be no bail application at this time as there was no address available.

McIntyre was remanded in custody and will appear in court again via video link on April 2.