Gardaí hope to have an update soon on the preparation of a book of evidence to be served on an 80-year-old man accused of arson following a house fire, three months ago.

At Trim District Court Sergeant Kevin Moroney informed Judge Deirdre Gearty that the book was under preparation at the moment and he hoped to have an update for the court later this month in relation to charges against Peter O’Brien of St Michael’s, Beauparc, Navan.

He was initially charged with arson and with endangering two named women at the same address on 19th May last and was last week further charged with assaulting both women.

When he appeared by video link from prison on Tuesday Judge Gearty remanded him in custody to Trim District Court on August 24th when it is expected a book of evidence will be served on him.