Lithuanian further remanded on burglary charges in Limerick court

Lithuanian further remanded on burglary charges in Limerick court

Newcastle West court

A LITHUANIAN national who has been charged in connection with a number of burglaries was further remanded in custody in Newcastle West court this Friday morning.

31 year old Aurimas Petraska was arrested recently at a garda checkpoint where another man was shot in the face by an armed member of the force, later appearing in court charged in connection with a series of robberies in three different counties

The Lithuanian national, of Church Street Rathkeale, was charged with burglaries at O'Conor's chemist Pearse Street, Kinsale on January 13 last and at Isobel's, Main Street Adare, Co Limerick on June 21 last.

He was also charged with committing burglary at O'Brien's Pharmacy, The Square, Cahir, County Tipperary on September 10 2015.

Originally from Kaunas in Lithuania, he was arrested in the early hours of June 28 at a checkpoint, between Ardagh and Shanagolden.

Another Lithuanian man was seriously injured when he was shot in the fact by a member of the armed Garda support unit.

It's believed the gun may have been discharged accidentally by the garda.

Two separate investigations are underway, one by gardai in Limerick and the second by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission.

Mr Petraska, who was arrested at the scene, appeared before a special district of Limerick District Court sitting in Kilmallock.