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Care assistant allegedly stole €5,000 in cash from wheelchair-bound MS patient

Eimear Cotter

Published 03/12/2015 | 11:29

Melissa Brady Wallace, Cashel Road in Crumlin, Theft
Melissa Brady Wallace, Cashel Road in Crumlin, Theft

A CARE assistant is alleged to have stolen more than €5,000 in cash from her wheelchair-bound patient.

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Melissa Brady Wallace (28) is accused of taking the money, which amounted to €5,610, from the victim’s bank account.

A court heard the alleged victim, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is wheelchair-bound and had given Ms Brady Wallace the use of her ATM card.

Judge David McHugh ordered the disclosure of statements and CCTV footage in relation to the allegations and adjourned the matter to a date before Christmas.

The accused, of Cashel Road in Crumlin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with over 30 counts of theft.

The thefts allegedly took place at Mannions Newsagents, The Laurels Service Station and Finches Off Licence, all in Clondalkin, on various dates between December 2013 and December 2014.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the district court.

Sergeant Mary Doherty alleged Ms Brady Wallace was working as a care assistant for the victim, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Sgt Doherty alleged the accused had use of the victim’s bank card and withdrew small amounts of cash, ranging from €40 to €480, during the course of the 12 months.

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The sergeant alleged Ms Brady Wallace did not have permission to take the money.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction of the charges, meaning the matter will remain in the district court.

The defence barrister requested the disclosure of any statements as well as CCTV footage of the alleged thefts.

Ms Brady Wallace has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

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