Woman cleared of €102k theft from retired chef's account
A WOMAN has been found not guilty of the theft of €102,000 from a retired chef's bank account after a judge said the evidence was confused and inconclusive. Sandra Doyle (37) denied stealing the money from the bank account of Fergus Brugha (62).
Ms Doyle had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 131 charges of theft at AIB bank, Donnybrook between September 2008 and May 2010.
Disputed transactions included payments to Ticketmaster, online motor tax, a vet's clinic, a beauty clinic, a Dundrum Credit Union account and mobile phone top-ups. Mr Brugha, who lived with Ms Doyle for a short time in Galway, went to gardaí in 2010 with concerns about transactions on his bank statement.
Judge Patrick McCartan directed the jury to find Ms Doyle - of McCabe's Villas, Booterstown, Dublin and formerly of Meadowgate, Knockmullen, Gorey, Co Wexford - not guilty, saying there was not enough evidence to sustain the charges.
The judge said that the complainant had very poor recall about his own financial affairs.