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Man who menaced elderly priest for months is jailed

By on Thursday, 14 October 2010

A “vicious and menacing” burglar who intimidated an elderly and disabled priest for months, and then robbed him, has been jailed.

Fr Edmund Worthy, of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church, in Wellingborough, was the subject of repeated requests for money from 25-year-old Kieran Harte.

Sentencing Harte to two years and 12 weeks in prison, Judge Ian Alexander told him: “You entered the home of Fr Worthy, an elderly and kind man. Despite your aggressive and persistent behaviour he has helped you and you abused this when you entered his house with breathtaking arrogance. You stole charity boxes. This is disgusting behaviour. You are a violent menace and your presence is a menacing one.”

Despite the judge’s remarks at Northampton Crown Court, Fr Worthy said after the case that he would welcome Harte back to the church after he had served his jail sentence. “I feel sorry for him,” he said. “He didn’t have much of a chance. When I think of my own childhood, it was very different to how he grew up.

“He had some real problems and had approached me for money for many months, which was intimidating. I had tried to help him. But when he broke into the house he broke the law, which is why he is going to prison. I do hope that parole and prison officers work with him. I would like to welcome him back to the church as a Christian,” said Fr Worthy.

The court heard how Harte – of Masefield Close, Wellingborough – went to the priest’s home. Fr Worthy was in his upstairs living room when he heard a noise. He was too frightened to move and heard someone coming up the stairs. Harte appeared in the doorway.

When Fr Worthy asked what he was doing in the house, Harte simply said “hello” and fled. The priest later found a rock had been thrown through his window, and 24 charity boxes were missing.

Harte, who was also serving a suspended sentence at the time of the burglary, last July, initially told police it must have been mistaken identity, but he later confessed, saying that he stole for money to buy drugs.

Fr Worthy has now placed a note on his door saying that visitors will not be given money, and not to ask for it: “It is really a shame because with the recession there are a lot of people who would like to approach the church for help. While we do try to help in genuine cases, having people come to the door and asking for money cannot continue after this,” he said.

  • Jamesshayler

    kieran harte is a notorious drug addict and beggar who is banned from wellingborough town centre due to his behaviour.dispised by many for targeting old people and vulnerable women to steal from.Harte was jailed once again in october 2012 for viciously mugging a 70 year old pensioner on brickhill road in wellingborough to pay for his crack/herione addiction.he also targets women and their children to steal from.He is a repulsive creature

  • Erica

    kieran harte from wellingborough is a disgusting thing that is well known in this town as crack/heroine addict who robs and burgles old people.harte is dispised and regular beatings are given to him by relatives of his numerous victims.harte is truly an official scum bag

  • John

    kieran harte is a fiend who targets old people or gullible women often with children so that he can rob and abuse them.harte is in jail now for mugging an old man outside brickhill rd stores for his bottle of wine.he even stole his own sons xbox and tv

  • Erica

    harte used to live with his mum on queensway but he burnt the house down with his brother years ago and the family had to be rehoused.kieran used to smoke crack with his mum and one time kieran robbed a little girl of her mobile and her family had him beaten including a broom handle being forced up his bum BUT EVEN THAT DIDNT STOP HIM BURGLING AND ROBBING OLD PEOPLE

  • Johh

    kieran got beat up last july by the dad of a child he had robbed his bracelet off.harte was seeing the mother and was stealing from her and once he had all her valuables he started on the kids.the dad kicked him unconscious at the garage on gold st

  • Alan

    harte is a beggar and used to have his own plot outside morrisons where he wud target kind people with tales of woe and then go buy his smack with the money.he even robbed a PRIEST for months and got jailed for that too

  • Peter

    harte is a vile nasty man

  • Ashley

    even hartes own family hate him.he stole his grandmas life savings last year 2012

  • Tom

    my god is there anything he wont do

  • Melanie

    no seriously he is the vilest man u cud meet tho he acts all nice and cool but hes a cunning nasty junkie who will do anything