A 35-year-old man has been charged with burglary over the theft of the mummified head of an 800-year-old 'Crusader' from a church in Dublin.

'The Crusader' was decapitated at the crypt in St Michan's Church, Church Street, sometime over the weekend of 23 and 24 February last and taken along with another skull.

On 5 March, gardai recovered the head of 'The Crusader' and the skull.

Brian Bridgeman, with an address at Kings Inns Street, Dublin 1, was brought before Dublin District Court this evening charged under Section 12 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Garda Niall Cadden.

Judge Michael Walsh asked Garda Cadden if the case related to recent matters he had read about in the newspapers.

The garda confirmed it did and the court heard directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions were awaited. Garda Cadden also objected to bail.

Legal aid was granted following an application by defence solicitor Eoin Lysaght who asked the court to set bail.

Judge Walsh agreed to grant bail on the defendant's own bond of €200 of which €100 must be lodged before he can be released with conditions that he must reside at another address furnished to the court, sign on daily at Blanchardstown Garda Station, obey a 10pm-6am curfew and be contactable at all times by mobile phone.

Brian Bridgeman was remanded in custody with consent to bail to appear at Cloverhill District Court on 21 March.