A man charged with theft from a woman and warned to stay off dating websites while on bail is to plead not guilty to the charges against him.
Alan Custy (38) of 76 Dun na hInse, Lahinch Rd, Ennis, Co Clare is currently complying with strict bail conditions that he refrain from monitoring or creating accounts or profiles on websites smooch.com and plentyoffish.com and communitysingles.com.
Yesterday, Mr Custy made his first appearance at Ennis Circuit Court concerning the case against him where he is charged with stealing €14,650 from a woman.
Counsel for Mr Custy, Patrick Whyms BL told Judge Tom O'Donnell that the evidence in the case "is quite complicated".
In reply, counsel for the State, Stephen Coughlan BL said if the State were to be put on full proofs in respect of the evidence, "the trial would take a week".
Mr Custy is charged with five separate counts of stealing €14,650 from the woman over a five-month period in 2013.
The Book of Evidence was served on Mr Custy at Ennis District Court last November when he was returned for trial to the circuit court.
In the case, Mr Custy is charged with stealing €3,900 from a woman in the District Court area of Limerick between November 19 and November 31 2013; stealing €3,400 from the woman on November 18, 2013; stealing €700 from the woman on September 17, 2013; stealing €3,450 from her in the same area between July 3 and July 7 2013 and stealing €3,200 from the woman in the same area on June 17 2013.
Det Garda Claire O'Shaughnessy told the District Court that in reply to a separate charge, Mr Custy said: "I didn't steal anything off her. I'm not denying she didn't give me loans, but I'm trying to pay her back. I'm trying to get work and I'm opening my own company."
Yesterday, Judge Tom O'Donnell remanded Mr Custy on continuing bail to re-appear before the Circuit Court on March 23.