All Ireland winner accused of €94k theft
Published 22/10/2016 | 02:30
All Ireland winning Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson has been charged with theft amounting to almost €94,000.
The 35-year-old will now face trial before a judge and jury at Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court at its sittings next week.
Mr Gleeson of Shesharoe, Portroe, Co Tipperary appeared before Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Nenagh District Court.
The court was told the hurler, who worked in the financial services industry, faces a total of five charges.
Sgt Michael Keating said the DPP had instructed the matter be dealt with on indictment before the Circuit Criminal Court. Judge MacGrath was told the book of evidence has now been served on Mr Gleeson.
Gardai said they had no objection to the defendant being remanded on bail in his own bond. He was remanded to appear before Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court next Tuesday.
Mr Gleeson, who appeared in court accompanied by his solicitor, Patrick Kennedy, did not speak during the brief hearing.
Mr Gleeson was told, as is routine in such cases, that he must inform gardaí of any alibi evidence within a specified period. He faces a total of five charges which are brought contrary to the Criminal Justice Theft & Fraud Offences Act, 2001.
The charges allege he stole property, in the form of various Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland bank cheques, by lodging them to his own account.
A total of five cheques are involved in amounts varying from €1,960 to €50,000. The total amount is almost €94,000.
All the counts involve bank addresses in Nenagh, Thurles and Castletroy in Limerick.
The cheques specified were drawn on the accounts of two named individuals, a man and a woman.