An aspiring rapper who stole from collection boxes in two Kerry churches has been ordered to pay compensation.
The teenager appeared before Tralee District Court.
19-year-old Lee Kavanagh gave addresses at Killoughteen, Newcastle West, Limerick, 1 Main Street,
Ballylongford, 36 Fairgreen, Ballysimon Road Limerick and 39 Assumpta Park, Newcastle West.
Mr Kavanagh is charged with damaging and stealing from the collection box at St Mary’s Church, Listowel on December 27th 2013 and with having a scissors with intent to use it in a theft.
He is also charged with similar offences at St Mary’s Church, Tarbert on February 24th 2014 and failing to appear in court.
Solicitor Pat Enright told the court his client had been hoping to win a rap contest prize worth €2,000 last week to cover compensation but had been on remand.
Judge James O’Connor said the matter had been going on for three years now and described the accused as a “scamp” who needed to straighten himself out.
“How low can you go robbing a collection box from a church, twice?” the Judge added.
He ordered Mr Kavanagh to pay €1,000 and remanded him on bail to December 9th next.