An English diamond jewellery salesman who was robbed of diamond rings and bracelets worth in the region of €400,000 and attacked in a Dublin hotel when three armed men burst in to his room as he was sleeping yesterday sued the hotel in the High Court.

Noah Stefanicki was hit over the head with a hammer by one armed man as another shouted “shoot him, shoot him” when the masked raiders, who also had a pistol, burst in to his hotel room at the Travelodge Hotel, Ballymun, six years ago.

The jewllery salesman, who never went anywhere without his small black bag containing the valuable diamond jewellery tackled one of the raiders and also ran after them, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan was told.

Senior counsel Ciaran O’Loughlin told the court the stolen jewellery included 10 trays containing 36 diamond rings each. He told the judge none of the rings was worth less than €1,300. The black bag, which was never recovered, also contained a pouch of diamond bracelets which Mr O’Loughlin said was worth a total of €77,000.

Mr Stefanicki aged 71, from Gigglewick Cottage, Salisbury Rd, Southampton, England, sued Smorgs Limited trading at The Travelodge Group the owners of the Travelodge Hotel at Ballymun, Dublin over the robbery in January 2010.

He claimed there was an alleged failure to have any adequate regard for his safety while he was a guest at the hotel and he claimed he was exposed to a risk of injury or damage of which the hotel were aware or ought to have been aware.

The Travelodge Group denied the claims and said the use of a safe had been offered to Mr Stefanicki.

After talks yesterday afternoon, Mr Justice Michael Noonan was told the case had been settled and could be struck out.


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