The former priest at the Glasgow church which is at the centre of the Angelika Kluk murder trial said he admired the student’s vitality and love of life.
Father Gerry Nugent, 63, who gave Angelika free accommodation at St Patrick’s Church, was giving evidence at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Peter Tobin, 60, is accused of raping and murdering Ms Kluk and hiding her body under the floor of the church.
The church handyman denies all charges against him. The trial continues.
The priest told the jury that Peter Tobin was “great” and had quickly won his trust.
Father Nugent, ordained in 1967, came to the church in the Anderston area of the city in 1998. He said he resigned from the parish a fortnight ago.
He told the court that during his time there he wanted “an open door policy”, making the church available for charities and religious groups to hold meetings.
During his time as parish priest, Father Nugent said, about 20 to 23 people stayed in the chapel house including homeless people and visiting priests from Africa.
Angelika arrived at the chapel house in 2005 and asked the priest if he knew a parishioner who might take her in.
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