Polish man caught at Limerick sub-station was looking to steal copper wire

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A POLISH man who was caught trying to steal copper wiring from an ESB sub-station on the outskirts the city was fined €100 when he appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday afternoon.

A POLISH man who was caught trying to steal copper wiring from an ESB sub-station on the outskirts the city was fined €100 when he appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday afternoon.

A POLISH man who was caught trying to steal copper wiring from an ESB sub-station on the outskirts the city was fined €100 when he appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday afternoon.

The court heard that 30-year-old Wojciech Filipski had only arrived in Limerick a number of hours before he was apprehended by gardai who were alerted by security company iwatch, which operates hi-tech cctv cameras at the sub-station, which is one of the biggest in Limerick.

The defendant, who has an address at Golden Road, Cashel, Co Tipperary pleaded guilty to trespassing at the sub-station which is located at Kilonan on the Ballysimon Road.

Garda David O’Donovan, Roxboro, said the defendant was one of a number of men who were observed trespassing at the premises on Sunday evening.

He said they were observed on cctv footage inside the compound attempting to open locked containers and looking around.

In his evidence, Garda O’Donovan said the three men were looking for copper wiring, which they believed was being kept at the sub-station.

It is understood the men, who scaled the security fence to gain access to the compound, travelled to Ireland at the weekend in a van which they rented in Poland last week.

During yesterday’s brief court hearing, solicitor John Herbert, representing Mr Filipski said his client only arrived in Ireland “a couple of days ago” to visit his brother.

He said his client accepted he was trespassing on state property and told the court he intended leaving the country last evening.

No explanation was offered to the court as to why he was trespassing at the ESB sub-station on Sunday night.

Judge Tom O’Donnell expressed surprise at the fact that Mr Filipski has ended up in custody less than 24 hours after he had arrived in the jurisdiction.

However, noting Mr Filipski’s undertaking to leave the country and his early guilty plea he imposed a fine of €100.

Another Polish man was also arrested and charged in connection with the same incident and gardai say they are seeking a third man, who they believe was also involved.