Man jailed for setting bins on fire
A father-of-seven who set fire to several bins in Holywood in a early-morning arson attack has been jailed.
Dennis Quee's actions resulted in damage caused to both residential properties and a business premises.
From Beech End in Holywood, Quee (44) appeared at Downpatrick Crown Court via a videolink with Maghaberry where he handed a two-and-a-half year sentence divided equally between prison and licence.
At around 3.30am on April 8 last year a resident of Church Green in Holywood looked out of her bedroom window and saw that her brown bin was on fire, and a blue bin in her neighbour's garden was also ablaze.
Around 10 minutes later several more bins at the end of an alleyway at nearby Church View were set on fire, whilst another bin outside a property on the same street was also set alight.
The owner of a hair salon affected by the blaze was alerted to the incident several hours later and discovered that the back door of her business had buckled due to the fire.
Damage was also caused to gates, fencing, sheds, walls and paving in the area.
After CCTV footage was reviewed, police noted that a man walking a dog had been recorded entering the alleyway where the bins had been burned. Quee was located by police around a mile from the scene and when searched, a lighter was found in his trouser pocket and he was arrested.
Judge Geoffrey Miller QC revealed that Quee had 88 previous convictions, has a history of mental health issues and is alcohol dependant.