I only stole €170 from pensioner, accused told gardai
A MAN arrested in connection with the mugging of an 86-year-old woman admitted to gardai that he stole €170.
Polish national Mariusz Chelstowski (35), of no fixed abode, appeared before Judge Patrick Clyne at Carlow District Court yesterday afternoon.
He is accused of robbing Mary Nolan of her purse, which contained €200, while she was walking down Walkin Street in Kilkenny city.
The elderly woman remains in a critical condition in St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny.
The court heard that Mr Chelstowski was first arrested on Monday at 11.35am -- shortly after the alleged incident -- and taken to Kilkenny garda station.
When he was formally charged in the early hours of this morning, his reply was: "I didn't rob €200, I robbed €170."
An application was made for legal aid.
Mr Chelstowski was remanded to Cloverhill Prison by Judge Clyne until July 17 when he is due to appear at Kilkenny District Court.
The judge accepted that the defendant's English was "very poor" and he assigned an interpreter to accompany him in court and ordered a consultation.
He also asked if Mr Chelstowski needed medical attention. The arresting garda told the court that the defendant had been given paracetamol, as he had been involved in "some kind of altercation" and there "might be some injury to the ribs".
The judge also asked if Mr Chelstowski was on any other drugs, to which the garda replied, "No he's not on anything."