Man found asleep in nun’s bed at Limerick convent is jailed

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A MAN who was found asleep in a nun’s bed at the Presentation Convent, Roxboro Road less than an hour after he was released from garda custody was sentenced to three months imprisonment.

A MAN who was found asleep in a nun’s bed at the Presentation Convent, Roxboro Road less than an hour after he was released from garda custody was sentenced to three months imprisonment.

Earlier this month, Matthew Leverett, aged 30, with an address at Gurthard, Annacarty, County Tipperary pleaded guilty, at Limerick Court, to trespassing at the Presentation Convent shortly after 9am on August 24, last.

Yesterday, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told that a suspended prison sentence, which was previously imposed for separate matters at Clonmel Circuit Court had been activated as a result of Mr Leverett’s conviction.

In mitigation, solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client had not intended to cause any alarm when he entered the convent as he was simply looking for somewhere to sleep.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly said the behaviour of the defendant would have been “most alarming and distressing for anybody” and he questioned why Mr Leverett had not chosen to sleep on a couch in the drawing room as opposed to one of the bedrooms.

Previously, the court heard the nun was not in the room at the time of the incident.

The judge imposed a three month prison sentence, which he ordered should be served consecutively to the prison sentence of two years and seven months which was imposed in Clonmel.

Mr Leverett was fined €450 in relation to two unrelated shoplifting matters, which occurred at supermarkets in Limerick city.