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Wednesday 13 December 2017

€14k theft accused to stay off dating sites

Ennis courthouse
Ennis courthouse

A judge has extended strict bail conditions ordering that a man stay off dating websites including smooch.com and plentyoffish.com.

At Ennis District Court, Alan Custy of Dun na hInse, Lahinch Rd, Co Clare was yesterday returned to trial to the circuit court charged with stealing €14,650 from a woman.

Mr Custy was before the district court charged in connection with five separate counts of stealing €14,650 from the woman over a five-month period in 2013.

Mr Custy agreed to a bail condition that he refrain from monitoring or creating accounts or profiles on the following websites - smooch.com, plentyoffish.com and communitysingles.com.

In court yesterday, Det Garda Claire O'Shaughnessy gave evidence of serving the Book of Evidence in the case.

Insp John O'Sullivan said that gardai were seeking a remand on bail on the same bail conditions to the next sittings of Ennis Circuit Court on February 10.

"The DPP has consented to the returning for trial on this matter," he said.

Addressing Mr Custy, Judge Grainne O'Neill issued an alibi warning to him when she said: "If an alibi forms any part of your defence, you need to inform the State Solicitor within 14 days."

Judge O'Neill also granted legal aid.

Mr Custy is charged with stealing at total of €14,650 from a woman on various dates between July 3 and November 31, 2013.

Det O'Shaughnessy said that in reply to caution, Mr Custy responded: "I didn't steal anything off her, how did I steal money off her?

"I'm not denying she didn't give me loans, but I'm trying to pay her back. I'm trying to get work and I've opening my own company."

As part of the bail conditions, Mr Custy has also given an undertaking not to make any contact directly or indirectly with the alleged injury party.

Judge O'Neill remanded Mr Custy on bail to appear before Ennis Circuit Court on February 10 next.

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