A man has appeared in court charged with breaking into a number of churches.

Nathan Coughlan, aged 21, appeared at Letterkenny District Court after he raided churches in both Counties Leitrim and Donegal.

The court heard that Coughlan, of Armada Cottages, Bundoran, broke into both St Osnat’s Church in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim on February 26th last and stole €38 worth of property belonging to Fr Oliver Crilly.

He is also charged with breaking into St Eunan’s Cathedral in Raphoe in Co Donegal on March 31st last.

He is charged with stealing three padlocks and also a candle holder worth €16.

When charged Coughlan replied, “Sorry that it happened.”

He was also charged with breaking into Mac’s Amusement Arcade in Bundoran on March 11th as well as a number of motoring offences.

Garda Sgt Jim Collings said he was not objecting to bail but asked the accused to sign on three times each week at Bundoran Garda station and provide a mobile phone number.

Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until May 3rd in Ballyshannon.


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