Accused of church burglary

A 20-year-old man is to stand trial at Derry Crown Court charged with the burglary of a parochial house.

Bernard Cooke, whose address was given as c/o Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre, is accused of stealing a bottle of wine from St Mary’s Parochial House, Ardmore, on November 12, last year.

Cooke is further charged with burglary with intent to steal at two addresses in Hampstead Park and the burglary of a house in Greenhaw Crescent on December 19, last year.

It is alleged that in the final burglary the 20-year-old stole a jewellery box, costume jewellery and cash.

During a brief hearing at the local magistrates court, Cooke confirmed he understood the charges but declined to say anything in answer to the charges or to call any witnesses. When asked by the clerk of the court the 20-year-old simply replied ‘no’.

It was accepted by defence solicitor Seamus Quigley there is a case for his client to answer.

Cooke was remanded in custody and will appear at the crown court for arraignment on August 20.