Man charged with taking money from Derry Church’s charity boxes

St Brigids

A man who stole from charity boxes at a church in Eglington in Derry has been refused bail.

20 year-old Bernard Cooke from Lettershandoney Avenue in Eglinton, appeared in court in Belfast charged with burgling St Brigid's Church on Racecourse Road on November 29 last year.

Prosecutors said he kicked in a door to the prayer room and stole a collection of up to £300 - a church sacristan had discovered the upstairs oratory broken into and charity boxes emptied.

The Court heard that closed circuit television recordings were used to identify and arrest Cooke.