Monday 16 September 2019

Spate of crime since man became homeless – Garda

A GARDA told Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla that since a man before the Wexford District Court became homeless, there has been a spate of crime in the the town.

Kestutis Grazys, a Lithuanian national who previously lived at 29 Pairc Cluain, Mulgannon, appeared at the court in custody. He is charged with attempted burglary at 83 College Green on March 19.

'He was caught in the act in College Green. He has been homeless for the past week and is a suspect for a number of crimes,' said Garda Niall Brophy. He objected to bail, saying that he had a fear the defendant would flee. He had been living with his parents but fell out with them and had left the family home.

The Garda said there was an ongoing investigation into a spate of similar crimes in Wexford town since the defendant became homeless and finger-printing had been carried out by the technical bureau.

The accused had previously indicated that he didn't want a solicitor but in court, he told Judge O Buachalla that he now wished to have one.

The Judge appointed Tom Finn, solicitor to the case. After consulting with the accused, Mr. Finn said his client informed him that all his documents were with the social welfare office.

He had split with his parents and while he has a sister in Wexford he could live with, he was unable to give the address. 'He is living rough at the moment', said Mr. Finn who made a Gary Doyle application for Garda information on the case.

Judge O Buachalla remanded the defendant in custody to April 8.

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