A MAN accused of being involved in the attempted theft from a cash-in-transit van told gardai that his use of a power tool near the van was "a moment of madness".
The jury in the trial of Joseph Warren (30) has heard that the accused was holding a concrete saw which was running while another man tried to open up the cash van using a set of keys.
When the keys failed to open the van, gardai who were carrying out surveillance arrested the two men and four others allegedly involved in a plot to carry out the raid.
Warren told gardai that it was never his intention to cut through the van using the power tool or "consaw".
Asked if he thought that following a cash-in-transit jeep on its delivery route before approaching it with a consaw was attempted robbery, he said: "If I was going to do anything with that consaw I could have cut it in half.
"I decided not to do anything illegal and turned off the consaw and put it back."
Warren was arrested after he had put the power tool back into his car.
He described his holding of the running consaw in the car park as a "moment of madness and stupidity that was soon remedied when I put it back".
He added: "If I wanted to go into the jeep with the consaw I could have but I choose not to. I didn't do anything wrong."
Warren, of Belclare Crescent, Ballymun, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to conspiring to steal cash from Chubb Ireland at Tesco supermarket on the Shackleton Road in Celbridge on November 2, 2007.
He has accepted that he was one of six other men in a "convoy" that travelled to Celbridge on the day. The other men were the late Dublin criminal Eamon Dunne, Michael Ryan, Jeffrey Morrow and brothers, Alan and Wayne Bradley.
Detective Garda Karl McCormack told the court that after his arrest, Warren said he had bought a car off Dunne.
Warren told Det McCormack that he was making weekly payments for the Skoda Octavia.
He said that before he was arrested, he left the car keys in a Mazda 626 he was driving because he saw people coming towards him pointing guns.
He said: "You would too if you saw someone running at you with a gun. I didn't know who it was. When I saw it was the police I said 'thank God'."
Det Gda McCormack said he didn't know if Warren owned the Mazda 626 or the Skoda Octavia but agreed that Dunne had previously owned the Skoda and he had stopped Dunne in it some years before.
The trial continues.