Evan Stubbins is acused of robbing a necklace from Irwin Jewellers. A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the matter
A YOUNG man who is accused of robbing a necklace worth more than €1,000 from a jewellery store in Limerick has been ordered to stay out of the city centre.
Evan Stubbins, aged 21, who has an address at Church Street, Croom, is charged with robbery relating to an incident at Irwin Jewellers, William Street shortly before midday on November 30.
The defendant, who was detained at the store by staff and customers, pending the arrival of gardai, was granted bail despite an objection.
Garda Shane Graham said it will be alleged Mr Stubbins had a “large red-handled” butcher knife concealed up his sleeve when he entered the store and that it is the State case that having asked if he could try on a Curb necklace, he attempted to leave without paying for it.
Garda Graham said a violent struggle ensued when he was detained in the store after a citizens arrest was affected.
He said a number of witness statements have been taken by gardai and that CCTV footage from the store has also been obtained.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client, who suffers from autism, is not a flight risk and he submitted there was no evidence that he had produced the knife while in the store.
Judge Marian O’Leary granted bail subject to a number of conditions including that he obey a nightly curfew and that he stay out of the city centre.