Thursday 27 November 2014

Irish medium faces trial over alleged theft of €322k

Andrew Phelan

Published 08/05/2014 | 17:53

Irish psychic medium Tom Colton
Irish psychic medium Tom Colton

THIS is the Irish medium and spiritualist who is accused of stealing more than €300,000 from a man and woman nearly nine years ago.

Tom Colton (38), is facing trial at the Circuit Court, which has greater sentencing powers on conviction. The case against him was adjourned for four weeks for the preparation of a Book of Evidence.

The accused, of The Park, Woolstan's Abbey, Celbridge, Co Kildare, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with a single count of theft.

Colton has not yet indicated how he will plead. The crime allegedly took place at an unknown location within the State on July 15, 2005.

It is alleged that Colton stole the sum of €322,070 from Hugh and Mary McNally.

The matter was before the court for the service of the Book of Evidence after the DPP directed trial on indictment but State Solicitor Domhnall Forde said the book was not yet ready.

Mr Forde said the Garda investigation was “somewhat complicated”, and involved a bank and the Revenue Commissioners.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Colton was very anxious to progress the matter, and she asked for the matter to be marked peremptory for the Book of Evidence.

SPIRIT

Judge David McHugh said he accepted the case file was “rather large” and while he noted time was running on the allegation, he said he would not mark it peremptory for the Book of Evidence on the next court date.

According to his website, Colton is a medium and spiritualist. He claims he communicated and interacted with the spirit world as a child.

hnews@herald.ie, but it was not until his uncle died in 2001 that he started reconnecting with the spirits as an adult.

Colton says he has completed many courses on spirituality, has become a reiki master, runs development circles and does private and public sittings.

He also performs civil partnerships, celebration ceremonies, naming ceremonies and funerals services.

Colton is due to publish his first book, Will We Ever Meet Again – A Bridge Between This World & the Next, this year.

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