Man admits stealing cash from grave sales
A 60-year-old man yesterday pleaded guilty to stealing from a local authority in a 'graves for sale' case.
Sean Leamy of Main Street, Tulla, Co Clare, is accused of the theft and larceny of over €20,000 in connection with the sale of burial plots at an east Clare graveyard.
At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, Mr Leamy pleaded guilty to one sample charge of stealing cash of €317 from Clare County Council at Main Street, Tulla, on July 20, 1999.
Mr Leamy is facing a total of 50 charges involving the alleged theft and larceny of €20,339 from Clare County Council concerning the sale of burial plots at Clonlea Graveyard, Kilkishen, Co Clare, over a 10-year period.
An employee of Clare County Council, Mr Leamy was responsible for the administration of Clonlea graveyard, where he was employed as graveyard registrar during the period in question, September 1999 to June 2009.
When initially charged with the offences, Mr Leamy said: "I took the money, but I gave it all back again."
Judge Carroll Moran remanded Mr Leamy on continuing bail and adjourned the case to January 9 next.