A LATVIAN man charged in connection with the alleged theft of €28,000 worth of diamond rings from a Tralee jewellers last week has told the courts he can't remember the incident.
Last Wednesday at Tralee District Court, Latvian national Linards Jegorovs (31) of no fixed abode was charged with possession of 15 stolen diamond engagement rings worth €28,000, that he knew to be stolen, at Tralee Town Park on Tuesday November 5.
The rings had been stolen from Nolans Jewellers on Dominick Street at around 4.40pm on Tuesday evening. After the theft Mr Jegarovs fled from the shop and was pursued though the town centre by four gardaí who apprehended and arrested him in the town park a short time later, the court heard.
The four off duty gardaí, all keen runners who had only recently completed a marathon, had been eating in a neighbouring cafe when they saw Mr Jegarovs run from the jewellers shop with staff in pursuit.
Mr Jegorovs who had landed in Cork Airport from Germany three days previously and had been living in Spain since April, gardaí said.
He had previously lived in the Tralee area but had left the country because Ireland was "too wet" for him.
Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Jegorovs told the court he has no recollection of the alleged incident or of being in the shop.
He said he had been attacked "by a man" and had suffered a blow to the head earlier in the town park.
Mr Jegorovs reiterated that he had "absolutely no recollection" of the incident.
Objecting to bail, Detective Eoin Donovan said that Mr Jegorovs "had tried to make good his escape".
"He had to be pursued some distance before being apprehended," said Det Donovan.
Gardaí said more serious charges were likely in relation to the incident.
Judge James O'Connor refused to grant Mr Jegorovs bail and remanded him in custody to appear in Tralee District Court today (Wednesday).