Mugging suspect on Polish wanted list

THE MAN suspected of mugging an 86-year-old woman who is now fighting for her life in hospital is wanted by Polish police.

THE MAN suspected of mugging an 86-year-old woman who is now fighting for her life in hospital is wanted by Polish police.

Mariusz Chelstowski (35), of no fixed address, appeared before Judge Clyne in Carlow District Court this morning. He was remanded in Cloverhill Prison to appear again before the court next Tuesday, July 17.

The 86-year-old victim, who lived alone on Walkin Street, suffered head injuries during the attack, as she defended her purse containging €200. She remains in a serious but stable condition in St Luke’s Hospital.

Mr Chelstowski was arrested following the incident, which occurred near College View at around 11.30am. He was held at Kilkenny Garda Station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act.

Cllr Andrew McGuinness called for a change in garda vetting policy. “All people coming to live and work in Ireland should be vetted and those wanted in connection with crimes should be made known to the An Garda Síochána for obvious reasons,” he said. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident which took place at 11.30am on Tuesday is urged to contact Kilkenny Garda Station on 056-7775000.