Priest gives burglar lift home after finding him hiding in wardrobe
Father Paddy Conway, 73, gave a burglar a lift home after he found him hiding in his wardrobe.
Father Paddy Conway, 73, gave a burglar a lift home after he found him hiding in his wardrobe
The ‘Good Samaritan’ returned home to his home in Co.Ennis on December 7 to find a concrete block put through the window.
After searching the house he discovered drug addict Michael Clune (30) hiding in the wardrobe and €20 euro missing.
When confronted by Fr Conway, Mr.Clune initially denied he had taken the money, even taking off his shoes and socks to prove he wasn’t hiding it.
Mr. Clune asked the priest to drive him into town but Fr Conway said he would-but only if he returned the cash.
‘He asked me 'Will you drive me down town?' and I said 'I will but first you will have to give me my €20 back'".
"He swore by all the gods in the world that he didn't take it," Fr Conway said.
"I said either you give me back the money or I take you to the garda and eventually he did give me the €20."
The priest drove Mr. Clune back into Ennis town and was asked by the addict to buy him drugs but he refused.
"I told him I couldn't do that," Fr Conway said.
The priest dropped him off in the town and later reported the incident to the local garda.
Michael Cune, who has 69 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to the burglary and received an eight-month sentence consecutive to the eight months he is already serving in jail.
Speaking at Ennis District Court the judge said it was an ‘appalling burglary’
Fr Conway revealed the Mr. Clune had sent him a Christmas card only days before the incident.
The priest has known the man since he was ‘since he was a young lad and was disappointed he would do something like this”.