Camlough ATM theft accused was ‘lawfully detained’

November 30, 2015

The 24 year old Silverbridge man charged in connection with the recovery of an ATM which was stolen from Dan Gregory’s Filling Station near Bessbrook earlier this month is being lawfully detained, according to the High Court in Dublin.

Adam Grant from St. Brigid’s Terrace, Tullydonnell,  was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison at a special sitting of Monaghan District Court on Saturday 7th November , after being charged with causing £12,000 worth of criminal damage and possession of stolen  property,

Grant was one of three men allegedly trying to force open the stolen cash machine when disturbed by Gardaí on patrol near Inniskeen the previous Friday morning (6th November).  The court heard the accused was using a chainsaw to attempt to open the ATM, which contained £52,000 in cash and had been ripped from Gregory’s Filling Station in Camlough in a daring early morning raid earlier that day by a gang using a stolen digger.

An application for bail was refused by District Judge Denis McLoughlin and the accused was remanded in custody.

Mr Grant subsequently raised a challenge into the legality of his detention under Article 40 of the Irish Constitution, arguing that District Judge McLoughlin did not apply the correct criteria, as stipulated by the Supreme Court, before deciding to refuse to allow him to be released on bail.

However, in a judgement last Friday, a judge ruled that Mr Grant was being detained in accordance with law.