Wednesday 24 January 2018

Court told PA put Clayton's €310,000 into own account

U2 Bass guitarist Adam Clayton arrives at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
U2 Bass guitarist Adam Clayton arrives at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
U2 Bass guitarist Adam Clayton's former personal assistant, Carol Hawkins, arrives at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where she is on trial for more then 184 counts relating to the alleged embezzlement of 2.8 million euro of his funds.

Lyndsey Telford

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 lodgments, statements and transfers yesterday.

One document was a copy of a €310,000 cheque from Mr Clayton's bank and a lodgment 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.

Signatory

Ms Hawkins (47), of Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 181 counts of theft from two of Mr Clayton's Bank of Ireland accounts over a four-year period from 2004 to 2008.

The alleged thefts totalled €2,862,567.

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

Mr Clayton, who was absent from court yesterday, 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 Mr Clayton from 1992 until 2009, when she was dismissed.

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 trial continues today.

Irish Independent

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