11 October 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A 57-YEAR-OLD Monaghan town native, well known and respected in business and voluntary circles in the area, has been charged with stealing over €143,000 from his local church in a series of thefts alleged to have taken place over a period of seven and a half years. David Drum, who is currently living at 3 Bridge Crescent, Parnell Park, Dundalk, Co Louth is facing 93 charges alleging that he stole €143,215 from St Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan town on dates between September 2009 and February 2017.

Most of the charges relate to sums of €1,600, the property of the Parish of Monaghan & Rackwallace, that were alleged to have been taken from the church sacristy each month during that period. All the counts allege that Drum entered the cathedral building as a trespasser, contrary to Section 12 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001.

The defendant had been in custody at the outset of Monday’s sitting of Monaghan District Court, but he was released on bail in his own bond of €500 after €5,000 was lodged in cash by an independent guarantor.

The conditions of bail were that he was to sign at Dundalk Garda Station between 9am and 9pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and that he was to surrender his passport (the court was told this was already done) and not attempt to leave the jurisdiction. Judge Denis McLoughlin remanded Drum on continuing bail to appear at Monaghan District Court again on 18th November, when it is expected that a book of evidence will be served.

Mr Drum is well known in the Monaghan town area for his involvement with various community and voluntary groups, and in particular in relation to the popular Monaghan Gospel Choir, which he had established in 2007.

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