U2 guitarist's former PA loses appeal over jail time
U2 guitarist Adam Clayton's former personal assistant has lost her appeal against the severity of a seven-year jail sentence for stealing from him.
The Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) last week dismissed Carol Hawkins's appeal against her conviction.
A decision on the issue of the severity of the sentence was made yesterday when the CCA said it would not interfere with the sentence since no error of principle had been identified.
In 2012, Hawkins (51), originally from North London but with a last address at Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin, was convicted in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of 181 counts of theft from two of Mr Clayton's bank accounts over a four-year period from 2004 to 2008. The thefts totalled just over €2.8m.
Her lawyer, Ken Fogarty, argued that Hawkins (inset) would have to "change her identity" and would be "forever known" as the person who committed these offences against Mr Clayton.