Restraining Order for Church Burglar

Fr. Michael Canny, Adm, St. Eugene's. (0403C44)

Fr. Michael Canny, Adm, St. Eugene's. (0403C44)

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A judge has imposed a restraining order which bans a man from harassing, pestering, threatening or intimidating Derry priest, Fr Michael Canny.

Miguel Ramos is also banned from going within 50 metres of St. Columb’s Church, Chapel Road.

Ramos, of Heron Way, pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal and interfering with vehicles on April 9.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard that 40-year-old Ramos was rummaging around the Vestry of St. Columb’s Chapel.

He then tried the handles of a number of cars parked in the adjoining car park.

The court heard Ramos was ‘on some sort of mission’ to get some money.

Defence Counsel, Eoghan Devlin, told the court his client had a number of dependencies and oftenfound himself ‘destitute’ as a result.

He said the 40-year-old is a ‘mild mannered individual’ and this incident was a ‘crime of desperation rather than any particular malice.’

The barrister added that his client committed the offences ‘when he was not in control of all his faculties’.

Mr Devlin said Ramos, who appeared in court in a cast and using a crutch, was the victim of a serious assault in recent weeks.

District Judge Barney McElholm suspended a four month sentence for two years.

He also imposed the Restraining Order for a period of three years and the judge warned Ramos to stay away from the Chapel and car park for that period as a breach of this order would be considered a ‘serious offence’.