ATM raid accused claims bail curfew breach was due to vehicle breakdown

A MAN charged in connection with an ATM raid who police spotted twenty minutes outside a bail curfew claimed he was running home after a vehicle had broken down.

Barry Smyth (32), whose address was originally listed as Ballyutoag Road, Nutt’s Corner, is charged with stealing two ATM machines containing £156,540; causing criminal damage at an Asda store and taking a Caterpillar 320D excavator.

The charges relate to the theft of two ATMs from the Asda store in Antrim town in February last year.

Smyth admitted breaching bail.

A prosecutor said G4S alerted police about the curfew breach and the defendant told police a vehicle had broken down and he ran home.

A defence barrister told a court police spotted Smyth as he was “in the middle of running home”.

Smyth, speaking from the dock, told the court: “It was just a total genuine mistake”.

Deputy District Judge Brian Archer said he was prepared to re-admit the defendant to bail and the case was adjourned to Antrim Crown Court on April 2.

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