Saturday 3 December 2016

Woman (29) accused of stealing €10k from another woman over three-year period

Eimear Cotter

Published 05/03/2016 | 10:38

Laura Pennick
Laura Pennick

A WOMAN has appeared in court accused of stealing thousands of euro from another woman over a three-year period.

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Laura Pennick (29) allegedly used the victim's bank card to take cash from ATMs as well as to buy groceries and household goods.

She is facing trial in the circuit court after the DPP ruled the charges were too serious for the district court.

Ms Pennick, of New Bride Street, Dublin 8, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with theft. She is facing a total of 297 charges.

The alleged thefts took place on various dates between January 2010 and December 2012.

The smallest, of €1.79, allegedly took place at the Apple i-Tunes store, while the largest, of €1,600, allegedly took place at Castleknock Autos on October 19, 2012.

It is alleged that Ms Pennick used the victim's bank card to take cash from ATMs and buy goods from Dunnes Stores, Penneys, Tesco, Smyth's Toystore, Homebase and Argos, among others.

She is also alleged to have used the woman's card to make a payment of €500 to the Court Service Office on November 22, 2012.

The amount Ms Pennick allegedly stole from the victim is more than €10,000.

Caution

A state solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Pennick the formal alibi caution.

He assigned defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe as well as one junior and one senior counsel on free legal aid.

The accused has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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