Castlefin man to plead guilty to Christmas lights donation box theft

December 6, 2021

A man has appeared in court charged with the theft of a donation box from a well-known Christmas lights charity fundraiser in Co Donegal.

Kyle Scanlon appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with theft of €398.81 at Gortcally, Kerrykeel on December 4th, 2021.

It followed an incident during which a donation box containing was taken from outside a private home.

The home belongs to Mary and Michael Whoriskey.

Each year the couple spend weeks turning their home and its grounds into a spectacular Christmas lights wonderland for passers-by.

Donations made at the lights display has raised tens of thousands of euro for various charities over the years including Pieta House.

This year’s chosen charity is the National Children’s Ambulance Service Bumbleance.

Garda Patrick Kelly gave details of arrest charge and caution.

Scanlon’s solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, told the court there would be a plea in the case.

Scanlon, who is aged 26, is from Knockrawer, Castlefin.

He asked for the case to be adjourned to December 15th.