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Friday 30 September 2016

Man accused of shoplifting 'fled to chapel and was found in confession box'

When the judge refused bail, the accused said: 'Thanks a lot, you f***ing p***k'

Man failed to appear in court to face trial on 24 separate charges, mostly for shoplifting,
Man failed to appear in court to face trial on 24 separate charges, mostly for shoplifting,

A MAN accused of theft who was due to be tried on his 30th birthday failed to appear in court and was found in a church confessional, a court was told.

Peter White (30) fled into the chapel when gardai saw him the day after his trial date and was caught in the confession box and arrested, an officer said.

Mr White had been facing trial at Blanchardstown District Court on 24 separate charges, mostly for shoplifting, when he failed to appear.

Judge David McHugh refused to grant him bail when he was brought back before the court.

Mr White, of Casement Drive, Finglas, is pleading not guilty to all charges and the case was due to go ahead on Wednesday.

Gda Brendan Hogan said Mr White fled from him at Cardiffsbridge Road.

"I pursued him into the church where he was found in the confession box," he said.

Gda Hogan objected to bail. Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said Mr White believed he was due in court on a different date.

When the judge refused bail, the accused said: "Thanks a lot, you f***ing p***k."

He was found in contempt of court but later apologised. The judge remanded him in custody to April 28.

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