Lithuanian man detected with stolen mobile phone not a ‘criminal mastermind’

A Lithuanian man accused of stealing a mobile phone that was found wrapped in tin foil in the BMW he was driving has pleaded guilty to the offence. Killarney District Court 26-year-old Giedrus Petrauskas was stopped by gardai in Duagh on December 17th. Two other men who were in the car and whom Mr Petrauskas claimed he didn’t know fled the scene. Mr Petrauskas of High Street, Huddersfield in England admits handling stolen property at Springmount, Listowel on December 17th. He elected to have his case heard at Killarney District Court instead of facing trial at the Circuit Criminal Court. Inspector John Brennan said gardai in Listowel had received a number of complaints about a car acting suspiciously in the area. When the driver was stopped near Duagh, an expensive mobile phone was found, wrapped in tin foil, so that it couldn’t be detected by satellite. He told the court there were several other matters in West Cork under investigation. The accused’s solicitor Pat Enright said his client had been living in Yorkshire with his partner for the past six years, where he worked as a lorry driver, and had no previous convictions. He said he had come to Ireland on holiday but got involved in something he shouldn’t have and allowed himself to be used by others who scarpered when stopped by gardai. Judge James O’Connor remanded him in custody, with consent to bail, to the April 7th sitting of Listowel District Court.