Thursday 26 April 2018

Walsh accuser in court over claims he stole man's ATM card

Leonard Watters: accused of stealing bank card and cash
Leonard Watters: accused of stealing bank card and cash

Tom Tuite

A former dance teacher, who falsely alleged that he had been groped by music manager Louis Walsh, has been accused of raiding a bank account.

Leonard Watters (28) went to a man's Dublin home for what a garda told a court was a "social visit" before stealing his wallet and using his ATM card to take €590.

Mr Watters, with an address at Woodview, Navan, Co Meath, was remanded on bail after he appeared at Dublin District Court charged with three counts of theft.

He is accused of stealing a named man's wallet containing €60 and bank cards from his apartment in Kilmainham, Dublin on November 28 last.

He also faces two counts of stealing €290 and €300 from bank machines at O'Connell Street and Temple Bar Square on the same date.

Mr Watters did not enter a plea during the hearing.

Garda Graham O'Neill told Judge Cormac Dunne that Mr Watters was arrested by appointment on June 22 last at Kilmainham station.

He made no reply to charge after caution.

There was no objection to bail and the judge remanded Mr Watters to appear again in October when he will be expected to enter a plea.

Three years ago, Mr Watters admitted that he had made unfounded claims that former X-Factor judge Louis Walsh groped him in the toilets of a nightclub in April 2011.

He received an 11-month term with five months suspended.

Irish Independent

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