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first_imgA Judge has allowed two Donegal women accused of arson attacks to walk free from court after hearing they suffered horrendously throughout their young lives.Donna KildeaStacey Doran and her friend Donna Kildea, both 29, were saved from a jail term despite admitting setting fire to homes belonging to a brother of singer Dana in Newtowncunningham. Both women had suffered huge personal tragedy in their lives but had now managed to turn their lives around.Both women pleaded guilty to the arson incidents when they appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.Ms Doran, of Ballybegley, Newtowncunningham, admitted the arson at a property on Main Street, Newtowncunningham on April 15, 2011, the property of John Brown.She is also admitted arson at Colehill Newtowncunningham on August 29, 2011, also the property of Mr Brown.Donna Kildea, admitted her role in the arson attack at Colehill, Newtowncunningham.The court heard from barrister Grainne McMorrow, SC for Doran, that her client had suffered a number of tragedies in her life and had turned to drink and drugs.Stacey DoranIn 1998 when she was just eight she had seen her sister Denise (15) die in a freak road traffic accident.She had been walking with her family near their home when a wheel came off a lorry.Ms Doran was hurt and her brother suffered life-changing injuries  while five years later her mother died.Her father Peter had worked tirelessly to keep the family together, dealing with his wife’s death and his son’s disabilities.John McLaughlin, SC for Ms Kildea, said she had also been injured in a road traffic accident when she was eight and spent the next three years of her life in Beaumont Hospital.She had suffered long-term injuries, he said.Gda Tom Hurley told Judge Francis Comerford that the building damaged in the first incident had to be knocked down with a cost to the owner of €120,000.However he said both women had turned their lives around since the incident and had not come to the attention of gardai.Judge Comerford said both women had suffered ‘horrendously’ in their lives and it was almost understandable after what they had gone through.He said he would ‘ordinarily’ impose a sentence of imprisonment for such offences but he had to acknowledge the efforts made by the defendants.He sentenced Stacey Doran to 40 hours of community service in lieu of 9 months in prison.He sentenced Kildea to nine months in prison but suspended it for two years, on condition she be of good behaviour and complies with the direction of the probation service.Judge Comerford extended his best wishes to both women.‘TRAGIC’ WOMEN SPARED JAIL DESPITE ADMITTING ARSON ATTACKS ON HOMES was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsondonegalDonna KildeafireNewtowncunninghamStacey Doranlast_img read more