Thursday 8 December 2016

Addict stole bishop's clothes, cross and ring from car at church

Published 28/10/2016 | 02:30

Bishop William Crean of Cloyne
Bishop William Crean of Cloyne

A woman who admitted stealing from a bishop has been sentenced to six months in prison.

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Leanna Hughes, of Garryduff, Paulstown, Co Kilkenny, admitted stealing from the Bishop of Cloyne, William Crean.

The court heard that on May 28 the bishop parked his car at St Mary's Cathedral car park and left it unlocked.

On the morning of May 29, the Bishop's clothes were discovered stolen from the boot of his car.

This included two crosses and chains, white robes and a signet ring.

On May 30, the defendant was searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act and the signet ring and the two chains were found on her person.

The defendant also told gardaí where the bishop's clothes and other property was.

Some of the property stolen included two parochial crosses, which have been in the Diocese of Cloyne, Co Cork, for over 100 years.

The defendant also admitted stealing property at MacDonagh Junction on May 30.

Hughes was seen with a suitcase, full of clothes, that was taken from a bus.

The property was not recovered.

Hughes has 43 previous convictions, including 32 under The Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Addiction

The court heard that the 22-year-old was in the 'throes of heroin addiction' at the time and has been addicted to alcohol and drugs since the age of 13.

She is currently in custody.

Judge Colin Daly sentenced Hughes to six months in prison.

Irish Independent

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