Updated: 22/12/17 : 07:14:41
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Church burglar jailed for 19 months

A Donegal man has been jailed for multiple thefts from Sligo churches and hotels while on bail for other crimes.

Nathgan Coughlan (21), from Armada Cottages, Bundoran, was jailed for 19 months by Sligo-based Judge Kevin Kilrane, who described the defendant's spree as 'going out in a blaze of glory' because he knew he was facing jail for an earlier crime.

Ballyshannon District Court head that Coughlan was already in prison serving a 12-month sentence for attacking and robbing from a recently bereaved widow.

Catholic churches in Ballisodare, Tubbercurry and Collooney were burgled and damaged along with others in Leitrim, Clare and Donegal. Sums ranging from €10 to €150 were stolen from charity boxes.

Coughlan also carried out burglaries from hotels in Sligo and Donegal.

Further charges of obstructing Gardaí and driving without insurance were also heard for which he received a 10 year driving ban.

The judge, describing the rampage of burglary and larceny, said "He decided he might as well go out in a blaze of glory and went on a binge of stealing. I can only imagine that this was his motivation."