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Number of ATM thefts down since man's arrest, court hears

A court has been told ATM thefts have significantly decreased since the arrest of an Armagh man, who has been reported to the Public Prosecution Service in respect of other similar offences
A court has been told ATM thefts have significantly decreased since the arrest of an Armagh man, who has been reported to the Public Prosecution Service in respect of other similar offences

By Staff Reporter

A court has been told ATM thefts have significantly decreased since the arrest of an Armagh man, who has been reported to the Public Prosecution Service in respect of other similar offences.

The disclosure was made during a compassionate bail application for Eugene Thomas Tomany (32), from Glen Road, Keady, which was partly granted, but not to the extent he wanted.

He has been remanded in custody since appearing at court in March, charged with the theft of an ATM from a supermarket in Fintona. It is alleged £13,500 was taken during the raid on December 22, 2018.

In total, Tomany has been refused bail on four occasions, twice at magistrates court and twice at high court - the most recent of which was last week.

At Enniskillen Magistrates Court, a defence later asked for Tomany to be released on Sunday July 14, to attend his daughter's christening, returning to prison the following day.

The purpose of being bailed overnight was to allow Tomany to attend for photographs and a meal after the christening ceremony, which would take him past the 5pm threshold for Maghaberry Prison to facilitate a return to custody.

The defence argued his client "would be under significant time pressure if he was required to be back at prison for 5pm".

However, while police had no issues over release for the ceremony, they were firmly opposed to an overnight stay.

A detective explained: "Since the defendant has been remanded in custody on March 16, there has been only one ATM theft. I do not think it appropriate to let him out on an overnight stay as there may be an attempt to interfere with evidence. The £13,500 has still not been recovered and there is a high chance it will be interfered with."

A defence lawyer pointed out his client denies the theft entirely and gave a full account to police of his movements at the time. But the detective responded it was "not a full account", adding two other persons have since been arrested.

She also told the court Tomany was released into police custody on June 17 and interviewed on other ATM offences. These matters have been reported to the PPS. The defence maintained Tomany was a suitable candidate for release overnight.

District Judge Michael Ranaghan said: "I have very grave concerns on overnight release."

Bail was set at £500 and Tomany is to be collected from prison by his sister at 9am and returned by 5pm.

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