Monday 23 October 2017

Four men charged over €1m jewellery theft

Free legal aid was granted to the men
Free legal aid was granted to the men
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

FOUR men charged with the theft of more than €1m worth of jewellery have been remanded in custody.

The men, Saulius Repecka (36), Irmantas Paulauskas (37), Erikas Matusevicius (35) and Vaidas Pinelis (28), all Lithuanian citizens, appeared before Galway District Court where they were all charged with one count of robbery.

The court was told the matter related to the theft of €1.099m worth of jewellery from Hartmann's Jewellers in the city centre on Wednesday.

A Russian and Lithuanian interpreter were on hand at the bail hearing to assist the four men.

None of the men had addresses in the State.

Risk

Gardaí objected to bail applications by three of the men, citing the seriousness of the charge and that they believed the men, who had no fixed abode in the country, to be a flight risk.

The fourth accused did not request bail.

The court heard the men were believed to have been in the country for a number of days, travelling here from Lithuania in the past week.

Judge Mary Fahy was told the charge related to the robbery of property in excess of €1m and was one that could result in life imprisonment.

The court heard that possible further charges could follow under the Firearms and Offences Act and analysis was currently being carried out on items seized.

Free legal aid was granted to the men.

All four men were remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court today.

Irish Independent

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