Bail refused for robbery suspect

BAIL was refused for the suspect in a robbery case, where a pensioner was mugged of her purse in broad daylight.

BAIL was refused for the suspect in a robbery case, where a pensioner was mugged of her purse in broad daylight.

A book of evidence was served on Mariuz Chelstowski of no fixed abode who has been in custody since the incident on July 10 at College View on Walkin Street. State solicitor Gerry Meaney told the court that he was objecting to a bail application as gardai had ‘grave reservations’. “He has told gardai that it is his ambition to return to Poland,” he said.

In opposing the bail application Detective Garda Colin Furlong said that there was very strong evidence in the case against the accused. “Eye witnesses place him close to the scene of the crime and he was apprehended close to the scene with the proceeds of the crime. CCTV also shows the accused following the injured party before the crime. At the time he was destitute and sleeping rough. He had recently separated from his wife who had returned to Poland and he expressed his wish to go back to Poland,” he said.

Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin refused the bail application and sent the case forward to be heard at the present sittings of Kilkenny Circuit Court.