Lucky escape for robber who tried to blow up ATM at Cork petrol station

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Garda Jeremy O'Leary of Togher Garda Station said that Mr Stubbins was attempting to open the ATM covering with a screwdriver
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Olivia Kelleher

A 23 year old man who could have killed himself and others living near a petrol station in Co Cork when he tried to blow up an ATM, has pleaded guilty charges of criminal damage and attempted robbery of the contents of the machine.

Evan Stubbins from Church Road, Croom Co Limerick appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court, where he confirmed signed pleas of guilty following at an incident at an AIB ATM at the Maxol Garage, Carr’s Hill, Carrigaline, Co Cork on August 2nd last.

Mr Stubbins was remanded in custody until his sentencing hearing on November 18th.

At his bail hearing in Cork District Court in August it was claimed that Stubbins was caught red-handed by two gardai who noticed suspicious activity at the ATM on the main Cork to Carrigaline Road after 2am on August 2nd.

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Garda Jeremy O'Leary of Togher Garda Station said that Mr Stubbins was attempting to open the ATM covering with a screwdriver.

'Fascination with explosions'

Gardaí approached him and he tried to open the door of a VW Passat fitted with false number plates. Following a brief struggle, gardaí were able to stop him from getting away.

In the car gardaí found a con saw, a large crowbar and a blow torch attached to two cyclinders of gas and air which Mr Stubbins had allegedly planned to use to blow out the ATM from the wall.

“The garage was closed but the tanks there contain 30,000 litres of petrol and diesel and there is a house nearby. According to experts, if he had succeeded in doing what he planned, which would have involved mixing the gas and the air, he would have caused a huge explosion.

It would have had catastrophic consequences for both property and life, including his own

“It would have had catastrophic consequences for both property and life, including his own – he could potentially have killed himself if he had followed through on what he was planning to do.”

Garda O'Leary said that he believed that Stubbins had “a fascination with explosions” and was a risk to both himself and to the community. Mr Stubbins said he promised not to commit any offences if granted bail.

“I understand – if I tried to replicate something like last night, the gardai would be at my door within a hour because it’s a serious offence, very serious, it’s not something that happens too often- no way, 100pc, am I going to commit another crime if I get bail,” he told the court.

Mr Stubbins was refused bail at that juncture but a successful application was lodged in the High Court. However, he was not in a position to take up his bail.

He will appear before Judge Sean O'Donnabhain for sentencing later this month.

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