Tuesday 23 January 2018

Carer denies stealing over €5k cash from MS patient

Melissa Brady Wallace
Melissa Brady Wallace

Andrew Phelan

A care assistant has pleaded not guilty to stealing more than €5,000 in cash from a patient with MS.

Melissa Brady Wallace (28) is alleged to have taken the money from the woman's bank account.

The alleged victim suffers from multiple sclerosis, is a wheelchair user and had given Ms Brady Wallace the use of her ATM card, a court heard.

The accused, of Cashel Road in Crumlin, is charged with 38 counts of theft, totalling €5,610.

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

When her case came back before Blanchardstown District Court, Ms Brady Wallace's barrister said she was seeking a date for hearing.

She asked Judge David McHugh to grant legal aid to cover both barrister and solicitor for the hearing.

She said it was a "quite complex case" and the charges all related to separate transactions.

There had been "considerable, lengthy disclosure" of statements by the prosecution, she added.

Judge McHugh granted the application and adjourned the case for mention later to set a date for hearing.


The DPP directed summary disposal of the case in the district court.

Previously, Garda Sergeant Mary Doherty said Ms Brady Wallace had been working as a carer for the alleged victim.

Sgt Doherty said the accused had use of the victim's bank card and alleged she withdrew small amounts of cash, ranging from €40 to €480, over the course of a year.

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

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