Sacrilegious Theft by a Churchman

Sacrilege Charge at Saffron Walden



At the Saffron Walden Police Court on Monday. before Alderman J. Bell. The Rev. Douglas Philip Roper Nunn, aged 50, clerk in Holy Orders, 4, King Edward Road, Brentwood, and who was arrested at the latter place on Saturday by Sergt. John Thomas Whiting, was brought up in custody charged with Sacrilege at Church on August 18th, by extracting a sum of 6s., or thereabouts, from the alms box of the church, the property of the Churchwardens.

The Rev. S. Morton. Vicar Clavering, said he saw the box intact on the 15th. and on the 22nd noticed that the padlock was opened. This raised his suspicions, and he examined the box, and found only 2½ d. in copper there. He knew from previous examination that there had been at least 3s. in the box. He kept the keys of the box at the Vicarage, and no one was allowed to have them without permission. George Wright stated that on 18th August he saw the prisoner unlock the door of the church and enter.

Ellen Wright, a domestic in the employ of the Rev. S. Morton, stated that the prisoner went to the Vicarage and asked for the keys, and, in consequence of his statement that he was clergyman, she allowed him to have them. About half-an-hour later she saw the keys lying on the hall table.

Supt. Hailstone asked for a remand till today (Tuesday), when the case will be fully gone into.

The particulars of the Rev. Douglas Philip Roper Nunn’s career, as given in “Crockford." are as follows:- Educated at Bishop Hatfield’s Hall, Durham; B.A. 1882. M.A. 1885. Ordained deacon in 1882 Bishop Ryan, and priest 1883 by Bishop Hellmuth. both for Ripon, Curate St. James, Bradford. 1882-84; St. Augustine, Haggerston. 1884-86; Sutton. Cambs. 1888-88; Broadstairs. 1888-85; St. Nicholas, Guildford, 1883-6; Rector of Hessett. Bury St. Edmund's, 1886-1903. His place of residence is given Brentwood.