South African man 'threatened hotel staff with metal bar' in Limerick

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

South African man 'threatened hotel staff with metal bar' in Limerick

A SOUTH African tourist threatened a staff member with a three foot metal bar after being evicted from a city hotel, it was claimed at Limerick court.

The visitor then stayed in the five star Savoy Hotel and ran up a big bill of €1,188.79, which he so far has been unable to pay.

Thomas Mulcaire , 44, of no fixed abode is charged with possession of an article capable of causing harm at Pery's Hotel, Glentworth Street on October 30 and theft from the Savoy Hotel on November 2.

Det Garda Barry O'Grady said that Mulcaire was evicted from Pery's for non payment of a bill. It is alleged that he returned the next morning with a three foot metal bar and threatened the staff member who evicted him.

CCTV footage shows the accused with the metal bar, said the garda.

He ran up a bill of €1.188.79 in the Savoy after a three night stay. His credit card was declined and he claimed that €3,000 had been fraudulently taken from his account. He also told gardai that his passport had been stolen.

Garda O'Grady said that they were concerned about verifying the defendant's identity.

Sarah Ryan, solicitor for the accused, said she spoke to his father in South Africa and he was willing to send money to pay for the bill in the Savoy.

Det O'Grady said that they were concerned that the defendant would flee the jurisdiction, but Ms Ryan said she would given an assurance to the court that he would say in the State, if given bail. Det Ryan said the nature of the charges were serious and he was a flight risk.

Mr Mulcaire said when his card was declined, he made four phone calls to his 24 hour banking service and was told that €3,000 had been fraudulently taken from his account.

While Ms Ryan said her client was not a flight risk, Judge Marky Larkin refused bail and remanded the accused in custody until November 8.