Latvian man accused of using stolen cheques at Limerick supermarket

David Hurley


David Hurley


Latvian man accused of using stolen cheques at Limerick supermarket

Tomasz Latek appeared before Limerick District Court

A LATVIAN national who is accused of using stolen cheques at a supermarket in Rathkeale was refused bail as he could not provide gardai with a home address.

Tomasz Latek, aged 31, who has a number of different addresses in the city faces two charges under the provisions of Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

It is alleged he presented a stolen cheque – made out for €450 - when he bought €80 worth of groceries at Eurospar, Rathkeale on September 29, last.

He is also accused of attempting to present another stolen cheque – made out for €350 - at the same store two days later.

After staff became concerned, gardai were alerted and the defendant subsequently arrested.

Evidence of arrest and charge was submitted by way of certificate and Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court gardai were requesting that a number of conditions be imposed as a condition of bail.

He asked that Latek supply an address to gardai and that he surrender his passport pending the conclusion of the proceedings against him.

Solicitor Tom Kiely said his client was living with a friend in the city centre but that he did not know the exact address or his phone number as his own phone was broken.

Mr Kiely told the court that Latek’s passport was in the apartment but that he did he not have a key to gain access.

Judge Mary Larkin was told, last Thursday, that with the assistance of Garda Tom Flavin the location of the apartment was identified but that there was no answer when he called to the door.

The defendant was remanded in custody overnight but on Friday, the court was told that Latek was still not in a position to over his passport or provide an address.

Noting the defendant’s admission that his partner and child had returned to Poland a number of weeks, Sgt Cronin said it was “not unreasonable” for the State to seek certain conditions. In the circumstances, he said he was opposing bail.

Latek was remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle West Court this Friday.