A holy show: Daylight robbery in Limerick churches
A man who was jailed for three months for robbing a number of churches in Co. Limerick has had the sentencesuspended on appeal.
By Declan Whooley
The Limerick Leader reports that Simon O’Connor was part of a three-man gang that raided five churches between September and October 2011.
His solicitor appealed on the grounds that he had no convictions, was unemployed and looking after his elderly parents and ‘was easily led’, which Judge Carroll Moran at Limerick District Court took into account.
O’Connor and his accomplices made off with €100 from a collection box in one church, €140 from a safe in another while the other three churches were also ransacked.
The 'masses' were up in arms at the robberies in what turned out to be costly visits to the church by O'Connor.