Man who denied north Kerry ‘crime spree’ faces new charges

A Lithuanian man alleged to have been on a crime spree in north Kerry last week will remain in jail for Christmas. Giedrus Petrauskas with an address in Huddersfield in the UK, faced new charges at this week’s sitting of Tralee District Court. Gavel 2 A previous court sitting heard the accused had a stolen mobile phone, third party cheques and two men in his car who he claimed he didn’t know when he was stopped by gardaí. 29 year-old Geidrus Petrauskas was stopped by gardaí while driving through Duagh last Thursday night and was brought before a sitting of Killarney District Court on Friday morning. In his car was a stolen mobile phone wrapped in tin foil, third party cheques and two fellow Lithuanian nationals he said were hitch-hikers who he had picked up when he stopped at a shop at another location in Kerry. Mr Petrauskas denied a claim by Inspector John Brennan that he was on ‘a crime spree with two buddies,’  saying he was on holidays in Ireland. Judge James O’Connor jailed him until an appearance at this week’s sitting of Tralee District Court. Three new charges relate to the theft of car registration plates in Kanturk, Co. Cork as well as failing to pay for €74 worth of diesel at Centra in Kanturk. Judge O’Connor remanded Geidrus Petrauskas in continuing custody until January.