AN order to stay out of church was made against a 62-year-old man at Cork District Court yesterday.
Garda Lorraine O’Donovan arrested Charles Nolan of Deerpark hostel, Friars Walk, Cork, and charged him with multiple counts of thefts from churches.
When the accused was cautioned, he replied that the amounts of stolen cash specified on the charge sheets was too high.
There was no objection to the accused being released on bail, but certain conditions were required. One was that Nolan would not go to any church in Cork city between now and his adjournment date, April 15.
He was also required to sign on three times a week at Anglesea Street Garda Station.
A summary of the prosecution evidence is to be sent to defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer.
The most recent charge relates to March 4 at Holy Trinity church on Fr Matthew Quay where he is charged with attempting to steal four €20 notes from a collection box.
Again on May 3, 2018, he is charged with stealing €100 cash at this church. On November 10, 2018, he is accused of stealing €75 in cash from the same church. On December 13 he is charged with stealing €75 cash from the church. On December 15 he is again charged with stealing €75 from Holy Trinity church.
In respect of January 14 at another church — the Church of the Annunciation in Blackpool — he is charged with being in possession of gloves, a torch, and other items in association with a suspected offence.
On November 30 he is again charged with stealing €100 in notes from the church. On December 12, 2018 at the Church of the Annunciation, Nolan is charged with stealing €100 in cash in notes. Finally, on New Year’s Eve 2018 he is charged with stealing €100 again.