Friday 30 September 2016

Warrant issued for 'Father Ted' actor's arrest

Paddy Clancy

Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of ‘Father Ted’ actor Gerard McSorley. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of ‘Father Ted’ actor Gerard McSorley. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Irish Independent

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 'Father Ted' actor Gerard McSorley.

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He is accused of damaging a bank's flowerpots.

However, gardaí have two months in which to serve the warrant before the case is called again.

Dungloe District Court in Co Donegal was told Mr McSorley is charged with damaging two flowerpots at the Bank of Ireland in Bunbeg in the Donegal Gaeltacht. The flowerpots were described on the summons as the property of the manager of the bank, Marion Boyle.

Mr McSorley (66), of Cul Na Toinne, Magheraclogher, Bunbeg, Co Donegal, is accused of the criminal damage offence on last June 16.

The actor, who has appeared in several films and TV plays, played the character of Fr Todd Unctuous in the 'Father Ted' series.

It was the first time the summons appeared on Judge Paul Kelly's list.

The actor was not present in court yesterday when the case was first called.

As Inspector David Murphy said he was applying for a warrant for the actor's arrest, defence solicitor Jacqui Sharkey asked Judge Kelly to put the case back for a second call.

However an hour later, when the case was called again, Ms Sharkey told the court she had been unable to contact Mr McSorley.

Judge Kelly issued a warrant for the actor's arrest and told Ms Sharkey she could arrange with gardai for it to be served with discretion.

He adjourned the hearing to September 13.

The Omagh-born actor has appeared in numerous big budget films including 'In the Name of the Father', 'Braveheart', 'The Constant Gardener' and 'War Horse'.

Irish Independent

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