Man protests innocence over church ‘thefts’

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A MAN who is charged in connection with the theft of property from cars which were parked outside two Limerick churches has denied any involvement in the offences.

A MAN who is charged in connection with the theft of property from cars which were parked outside two Limerick churches has denied any involvement in the offences.

Thomas Connors, aged 28, of Punches Close, Rosbrien protested his innocence during a bail hearing which was heard at Limerick Court.

The father-of-three is charged with stealing a black handbag, worth €120, from a car which was parked outside Crecora Church on October 13, last.

He is also charged with handling an ATM card, which was stolen from a car which was parked outside Monaleen Church on the same date.

It is alleged the defendant used the card at a shop in the city to withdraw €120 from the owner’s account a short time after it was stolen.

Opposing a bail application, which was made by solicitor John Herbert, Garda Rory Ryan of Roxboro Road garda station said he believed the defendant had committed the offences “for self enrichment and self benefit” and he said investigating gardai will be recommending trial on indictment at the Circuit Court.

In his evidence, Mr Connors insisted he was not guilty of the offences. “I didn’t do nothing,” he said.

He added he was willing to abide by any bail conditions imposed by the court.

However, Judge Eugene O’Kelly refused the bail application and he remanded Mr Connors in custody until November 12, next to allow gardai seek directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A separate road traffic matter was adjourned to the same date.

Mr Connors is charged with driving without insurance at Childers Road on November 5, last.