Man (36) charged with theft of 800-year-old crusader head

A 36-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the theft ofthe head ofan 800-year-old mummy, known as the Crusader, which was stolenfrom a crypt in a Dublin church.

The Church was vandalised and the remains of a400-year-old and several other preserved remains were damaged, includingan 800-year-old Crusader who was decapitated.

The crusader's head along with another skull were stolen from the vault of St. Michan's church.

Following the break-in the Vicar of the Christ Church Cathedral Group of ParishesArchdeacon David Pierpoin said that the "actions of these people are devastating and sacrilegious. We are upset at the amount of damage that has been caused,"

Garda were able to recover the skull earlier this month and thanked the public for their assistance with the investigation.

Today Garda in Bridewell Garda station investigating the break-in and theft at St Michan's Church on 23 and 25 February arrested a 36-year-old man in connection with the theft.

He was arrested and detained under Section 4, Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at the Bridewell Garda Station and later charged and brought before the evening sitting of Dublin District Court today.