Man jailed for stealing bells
A 28-year-old father-of-six has been jailed for nine months for stealing antique church bells worth €45,000.
John Cash, of Cherrywood Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin, later told gardai he had assumed the bells were scrap metal when he found them in a compound. The bells were in storage while the church steeple was being renovated.
At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court he pleaded guilty to the theft of the bells from Mount Argus Church in Harold's Cross on July 5, 2009. He has 43 previous convictions including one for handling stolen property.
Cash was given a sentence of two years with the final 15 months suspended.