Sunday 21 January 2018

Court hears Adam Clayton’s former PA had cheque for €310,000 lodged to her account

U2 Bass guitarist Adam Clayton's former personal assistant, Carol Hawkins, arrives at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: PA
U2 Bass guitarist Adam Clayton's former personal assistant, Carol Hawkins, arrives at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: PA
Adam Clayton arrives at court

U2 STAR Adam Clayton's former personal assistant had a €310,000 cheque in his name lodged into her bank account, a court has heard.



Carol Hawkins is on trial over the alleged embezzlement of €2.8m of the bassist's funds over a four-year period while she worked for him.

A jury at the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin was shown a detailed paper trail of bank lodgements, statements and transfers.

One document was a copy of a €310,000 cheque from Clayton's bank and a lodgement slip showing the funds had been transferred into a joint account held by the defendant and her then husband John Hawkins. The sum is the largest single transaction being examined in the criminal trial.

Prosecution barrister, senior counsel Colm O'Briain, claimed the cheque was paid into the account in April 2007, when Ms Hawkins had been a signatory on two of Clayton's personal bank accounts.

"We have a copy of account opening documentation, bank statement copies, cheques, copies of lodgement documents used to lodge cheques into the account and a number of screen snapshots of international transfers," he told the jury as he began presenting the evidence.

Ms Hawkins, 48, of Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin, listened attentively in the dock while the evidence was being considered.

Clayton, who was absent from court, is expected to be called as a witness later in the week.

Other documents presented included details of what she had spent her money on such as international transfers to the US where her son lived, and some €14,000 paid to an equine health centre.

Ms Hawkins worked for Clayton from 1992 until 2009, when she was dismissed on a salary of €48,000.

The rock star originally employed the mother-of-two as a housekeeper but the court heard how she quickly gained his trust and was eventually promoted to PA, with access to his bank accounts.

The defendant stands accused of 181 counts of stealing cheques from the bass player between 2004 and 2008 and paying the money in to her own account, a joint account held with her husband and a credit card account.

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