Wednesday 22 November 2017

U2 star's assistant to stand trial on €3m fraud charges

Tom Tuite

Adam Clayton's former personal assistant was yesterday sent forward for trial on charges of embezzling millions from the U2 guitarist.

Carol Hawkins (47) with an address at Crannagh Rd, Rathfarnham, in Dublin, was charged in January with 184 counts under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The charges relate to the theft of varying sums of money, in their thousands, worth up to €3m, from bank accounts in the name of Adam Clayton, on dates from 2005 until 2008.

She appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday for a second time where Detective Sergeant Clodagh White, of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, served a book of evidence, which comprises three volumes, on Ms Hawkins.

An application for legal aid was made. However, state solicitor Joanne Gleeson, objected.

"Gardai are of the view that the accused may have property or assets in her own name," she submitted.

The court was furnished with a statement of the defendant's means, however, the State said that time was needed to make enquiries in relation to the accused's properties or assets.

Judge McLoughlin said that the issue of legal aid could be dealt with at a later stage, pending a garda investigation of the statement of means.

Ms Hawkins, in a black coat and trousers, spoke once to confirm her signature on her bail bond. She is on bail in her own bond of €500 with conditions and must notify the State if she intends to change her address .

Irish Independent

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