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Saturday 23 August 2014

Man who broke into funeral home had five bottles of stolen altar wine

Published 22/05/2014 | 02:30

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Red wine was stolen
Red wine was stolen

A MAN admitted breaking into a funeral home and handling stolen altar wine on separate dates.

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John Brennan (43), of Pella Road, Kilrush, pleaded guilty to breaking into a funeral home in Kilrush earlier this month.

Brennan also pleaded guilty to handling five stolen bottles of Altaris Red altar wine at his home address at Pella Road, Kilrush, on February 27. The total value of the wine is €70.

After reading details of the charge at Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan said: "I've never come across an allegation in relation to a funeral home before. It must be a first."

"It must be," replied Inspector Tom Kennedy.

Brennan also pleaded guilty to entering Cusack's Funeral Home, O'Dea's Road, Kilrush, as a trespasser and committing criminal damage on May 10, 2014.

Judge Durcan remanded Mr Brennan in custody to appear before him on June 18 for sentencing.

On Tuesday at Kilrush District Court, Judge Durcan imposed 120 hours' community service on another man after he pleaded guilty to handling five stolen bottles of altar wine.

Irish Independent

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