Friday 23 August 2019

Man admits stealing head of 800-year-old 'Crusader'

Saddened: David Pierpoint, Archdeacon of Dublin, beside the entrance to one of the crypts in St Michan's Church. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM
Saddened: David Pierpoint, Archdeacon of Dublin, beside the entrance to one of the crypts in St Michan's Church. Photo: Damien Eagers / INM

Jessica Magee

A 36-year-old man has admitted stealing the mummified head of an 800-year-old 'Crusader' from a church in Dublin.

'The Crusader' was decapitated at the crypt in St Michan's Church, Church Street, in February and the head stolen, along with another skull. Gardaí recovered both the head and the second skull on March 5.

The 800-year-old 'Crusader'
The 800-year-old 'Crusader'

Brian Bridgeman, of Fortlawn Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin, appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday where he was arraigned. He pleaded guilty to entering the vaults of St Michan's as a trespasser and committing theft.

The case was adjourned for sentencing on July 24. Bridgeman was remanded in custody.

Irish Independent

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