Man accused of setting fire to boyfriend’s flat

Scales of Justice
Scales of Justice

A man has gone on trial accused of setting fire to his boyfriend’s flat after they had an argument.

Cairan Fleming, of Sperrin Park, Limavady, denies arson, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

The 21-year-old is further charged with burglary with intent to cause unlawful damage and making threats to kill.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in the Alexander Road area of Limavady on January 25, last year.

Opening the trial to a Derry Crown Court jury of six men and six women, a prosecution barrister told the court Fleming and the alleged injured party had been in a relationship for nine months at the time.

Fleming was living in the alleged injured party’s flat and on January 25, they had been out at a local bar.

The couple allegedly had an argument when they went home and Fleming lifted a games console and threw it at the wall, causing it to smash.

It is alleged he attacked his boyfriend, grabbing him and punching him and threatening to kill him. During the assault the 21-year-old allegedly broke the man’s glasses and left the flat.

The court heard the alleged injured party went to hospital to receive treatment to cuts and bruises. It is alleged Fleming came back to the flat put clothes on top of the cooker and in the oven and turned both the hob and oven on.

Fleming was arrested and after he was cautioned it is alleged he made a threat to a police officer that his boyfriend and all his family were going to die.

During interview, the 21-year-old denied assaulting his boyfriend, causing damage to his belongings and causing the fire.

He claimed that the injuries sustained by the alleged injured party were caused by his sister for photographs to be put on a social networking site.

At hearing.