Man who burgled churches is jailed

DERRY Bishop's Street Court houseA man who pleaded guilty to breaking into three Catholic churches and into seven houses last year has been jailed for almost three years at Londonderry Crown Court.

Bernard Cooke, 21, from Lettershandoney Avenue in Derry committed the ten offences in October, November and December 2012.

He was already on court bail at the time.

Cooke stole £200 from a Trócaire charity box and Christmas presents.

He broke into St Patrick’s church, Pennyburn, St Mary’s Parochial house in Ardmore and St Brigid’s church in Carnhill.

In the domestic burglaries, which Judge Stephen Fowler described as an “invasion of the householders’ privacy”, Cooke stole Christmas presents, a laptop and jewellery.

When Cooke was released on compassionate bail last month to attend his grandmother’s funeral he failed a drugs test when he was returned to custody.

Cooke will serve half the sentence in prison and the remainder on licence.

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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