Horror as pensioner mugger is freed

A man who was convicted of robbing a pensioner, who died in hospital two months after the attack is roaming the streets of Kilkenny.

A man who was convicted of robbing a pensioner, who died in hospital two months after the attack is roaming the streets of Kilkenny.

Mariusz Chelstowski (36) was sentenced to two years in prison in February for robbery with the final six months suspended. He was ordered to leave the country and return to Poland on his release.The sentence was backdated to when he was initially arrested after the crime. Chelstowski admitted robbing 86-year-old Mary Nolan of her purse in broad daylight on Walkin Street as she made her way home from Mass on July 10, 2012.

Mrs Nolan received head injuries during the robbery as she sought to defend herself, eventually ending up on the ground. She was treated in her home by paramedics before being rushed to St. Luke’s hospital. Chelstowski was released from prison in recent days and has been sighted on a number of occasions around the city. Deputy Mayor, Cllr Joe Reidy said that people were in fear that he might strike again and said he was ‘outraged’ that the violent criminal did not return to his native Poland on his release.