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Adam Clayton seeks €200,000 from sale of apartment bought by shamed assistant

Tim Healy

Published 16/11/2012 | 05:00

U2 bassist Adam Clayton wants to be paid the proceeds from the sale of an apartment in New York bought by his former personal assistant Carol Hawkins with his money, the High Court heard.

The case will be heard early next year.

Last July, Ms Hawkins of Crannagh Road, Dublin 14, was sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing €2.8m of Mr Clayton's money after she was convicted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on 181 counts of theft, committed over a four-year period.

Mr Clayton, of Danesmoate Demesne, Kellystown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, claims that in 2007 the apartment was bought by Ms Hawkins with his money for $465,000 (about €365,000).

The property, at 300 Rector Place, New York, was subsequently sold and it is understood that a sum of about €190,000 is held in a bank account, which was frozen by court order.

Mr Clayton's lawyers previously obtained a number of freezing orders against Ms Hawkins, preventing her from dissipating certain assets pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings against her.

Yesterday, Eamonn Marray, for Mr Clayton, told Ms Justice Mary Laffoy that now that those proceedings have been concluded, his client was seeking to be paid the money that has been kept in the account that has been frozen since 2010.

However, in a separate but related matter, Ms Hawkins's lawyers are seeking to be paid legal fees out of the money contained in the account.

Ms Justice Laffoy adjourned the hearing of the matter to early February.

Irish Independent

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