A MAN who planned to blow up an ATM at a service station could have killed himself and others, a court heard Thursday.
Evan Stubbins, 23, had a blow torch attached to two gas and air cylinders which gardai found in his car.
He also had a consaw and a large crowbar in the Volkswagen Passat — which had fake plates — parked in the forecourt of Maxol at Carr’s Hill, Carrigaline, Co Cork on August 2 last.
He was attempting to open the money machine firstly with a screwdriver before being spotted by passing motorists who contacted gardai.
Cops had a patrol car operating in the area and were quickly on the scene.
Stubbins, from Church Road, Croom, Co Limerick, appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court where he confirmed signed guilty pleas to charges of criminal damage and attempted robbery of the contents of the AIB ATM at the Maxol.
Cork District Court was told at a bail hearing in August that Stubbins was caught red-handed by two gardai who noticed suspicious activity at the ATM.
Garda Jeremy O’Leary said: “The garage was closed but the tanks there contain 30,000 litres of petrol and diesel and there is a house nearby.
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“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.”
Stubbins was granted bail after a High Court application but he was not in a position to take up his bail.
He was remanded in custody by Judge Sean O’Donnabhain until his sentencing hearing on November 18.