At Ennis District Court, Alan Custy, of 76 Dun na hInse, Lahinch Rd, Co Clare, appeared in connection with five separate charges of stealing €14,650 from the woman over a five-month period last year.
Inspector Tom Kennedy told the court that gardaí have no objection to bail provided Mr Custy enter into a number of conditions.
One of the conditions is that he refrain from monitoring or creating accounts or profiles on three named dating websites.
In court, Detective Garda Claire O’Shaughnessy gave evidence of arrest, charge, and caution concerning the five charges, all alleged to have taken place last year.
Mr Custy is charged with stealing €3,900 from the woman in the district court area of Limerick between November 19 and 31; stealing €3,400 from the woman in the same area on November 18; stealing €700 from her on September 17; stealing €3,450 between July 3 and 7; and stealing €3,200 from the woman on June 17.
Det Garda 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?”
In response to a separate charge, he said: “Same as the last one, I didn’t steal anything 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’m opening my own company.”
Mr Custy said that he had the same reply to the remaining charges.
Insp Kennedy said the DPP stated that the case can go forward on indictment to the circuit court. This will involve the preparation of a book of evidence. Mr Custy will be back in court on November 26.
The penalty for those convicted of stealing under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act in the circuit court is a fine or a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
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 and not to make any contact with any witnesses.
Insp Kennedy applied for a court order that the name of the alleged injured party not be published. This order was granted.