Suspect charged in connection with incident which saw man shot in the face by garda

Suspect charged in connection with incident which saw man shot in the face by garda

A Lithuanian man has appeared in court, charged in connection with an incident in which another man was shot by a garda, last week, writes David Raleigh.

The driver of the car, aged 36, is being treated for his injuries at University Hospital Limerick, where he is in a serious but stable condition.

The shooting occurred near Foynes, Co. Limerick, at about 2:30am last Wednesday morning.

The matter was referred to the Garda Siochána Ombudsman (GSOC), which independently investigates incidents whereby gardaí cause harm or death to members of the public.

At Kilmallock District Court, Detective Garda Michael Brosnnan, of Kinsale Garda station, gave evidence of arresting Aurimas Petraska, (aged 31), at Henry Street Garda station, Limerick, at 10.06am yesterday.

He also said that he charged Mr Petraska, originally from Kaunas, Lithuania, but with an address at Church Street, Rathkeale, Co Limerick, with three counts of burglary, at two pharmacies and a fashion store in Co Cork, Co Tipperary, and Co Limerick.

Mr Petraska is accused of stealing clothes and shoes worth €100,000 during a burglary at Isobel boutique, on Main Street, Adare, Co Limerick, on June 21, 2016.

He is also charged with stealing perfumes and cosmetics worth in excess of €40,000 during a burglary at O'Connors Pharmacy, Kinsale, Co Cork, on January 13, this year.

He is further charged with stealing cosmetics and perfumes worth in excess of €20,000 during a burglary at O'Brien's Pharmacy, Cahir, Co Tipperary, on September 10, 2015.

Dtc Gda Brosnan said Mr Petraska "made no reply" to the charges.

John Herbert, solicitor told the brief court hearing he would not be seeking bail on behalf of the accused.

He told Judge Marian O'Leary he did not anticipate seeking bail at the next court hearing.

Prosecuting Inspector Paul Reidy, Henry Street Garda station, Limerick, told the court he did "not yet" have directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Judge O'Leary remanded Mr Petraska in custody to appear before Newcastle West District Court for DPP directions, on July 8 next.


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