Man ordered to stay off dating websites

A judge has extended strict bail conditions ordering that an Ennis man stay off dating websites such as smooch.com and plentyoffish.com.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, Alan Custy, of 76 Dun na hInse, Lahinch Rd, Co Clare, was 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 had been on bail since September 17, when he agreed to a bail condition that he refrain from moni-toring or creating accounts or profiles on smooch.com, plentyoffish.com, and communitysingles.com.

In court, Det Garda Claire O’Shaughnessy gave evidence of serving the book of evidence in the case. Insp John O’Sullivan said gardaí were seeking a remand on bail on the same conditions, to the next sittings of Ennis Circuit Court on February 10.

He said: “The DPP has consented to the returning for trial on this matter.”

Judge Gráinne 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.”

The judge also granted legal aid. Mr Custy is charged with stealing €3,900 from a woman in the district court area of Limerick between November 19 and 31, 2013; stealing €3,400 from the woman in the same area on November 18, 2013; stealing €700 from the woman in the same area on September 17, 2013; stealing €3,450 from her in the same area between July 3 and July 7, 2013, and stealing €3,200 from the woman in the same area on Jun 17, 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?” He added in response to a separate charge: “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’ve opening my own company.”

Mr Custy has also given an undertaking not to make any contact directly or indirectly with the alleged injury party.

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