Man shot by armed gardai in Limerick pleads guilty to burglary charges

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The man pleaded guilty to charges relating to a spate of burglaries in Limerick and Cork

The man pleaded guilty to charges relating to a spate of burglaries in Limerick and Cork

A LITHUANIAN man who was seriously injured when he was shot in the head by a garda almost three years ago, has pleaded guilty to charges relating to a spate of burglaries in Limerick and Cork.

When arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court, Tomas Mikalajunas, 38, who has an address at Cluain Arra, Gortboy, Newcastle West pleaded guilty to a burglary charge relating to the theft of luxury clothing, with a retail value of around €240,000, from Isobel, Main Street, Adare in the early hours of June 21, 2016.

He also pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage charges relating to a break-in at a pharmacy in Kinsale, County Cork in the early hours of January 1, 2016.

Mr Mikalajunas, who will be sentenced in June, was one of two men who were stopped at a checkpoint between Ardagh and Shanagolden on June 28, 2016.

The defendant sustained gunshot wounds to his head after a firearm was accidently discharged and spent several months in hospital.

He was arrested and questioned about the the burglary offences following his discharge and was charged last year.

Another Lithuanian national – Aurimas Petraska, 34, of Church Street, Rathkeale – was previously sentenced to five-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for his role in the spate of the break-ins.