Belfast Telegraph

Drunk charge sea captain to lodge £5,000 before leaving Northern Ireland

A sea captain accused of being drunk in charge of a ship in Belfast must lodge £5,000 cash before he can leave Northern Ireland, a judge ordered today.

The condition was imposed on Eugenijus Tulauskas as he was granted permission to return to his native Lithuania.

Tulauskas, 43, was arrested by Harbour Police due to his alleged condition on board a container vessel on September 25.

The seaman, of no fixed abode, faces a charge of having excess alcohol while on duty as professional master of a ship.

He was previously granted bail to stay at accommodation approved by investigating officers.

Under those release terms he surrendered all travel documents and reported daily to police.

An exclusion zone was also been drawn up to stop him boarding the ship again.

As Tulauskas appeared again before Belfast Magistrates' Court today, his legal team sought clearance for him to leave Northern Ireland.

Defence counsel revealed that the accused has built substantial accreditation during a 17-year career as a ship's officer.

An initial cash offer was rejected before the figure of £5,000 was put forward.

Tulauskas' employers, described as a well-established shipping firm based in Germany, are prepared to advance the money, the court heard.

Granting the application, District Judge Peter King confirmed: "I am giving permission for Captain Tulauskas to leave the jurisdiction, conditional on £5,000 cash being lodged."

All seized documentation is to be returned to the accused.

He was told that he will have to return to court for a future hearing in the case. ends

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