Woman 'gifted cash' to carer, court hears
A former care worker accused of stealing from an elderly client has said that the woman gifted her cash to buy a vehicle and lent her money towards a deposit on a house.
Sabrina O'Connor (37) told Oisin Clarke BL, defending, that there were also times when the woman, a stroke victim, told her she needed money and Ms O'Connor would withdraw cash from her own account for her. The woman would then write her a cheque and the accused would lodge it in her own account.
Ms O'Connor of The Green, Dunboyne Castle, Dunboyne, Co Meath, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 13 charges of theft and one count of deception in Dublin 13 on dates between 2010 and 2011.
Ms O'Connor outlined the procedure in place for withdrawing cash from the woman's account when she was requested to do so.
"If she wanted money she was to write out a cheque and that would be presented to the Bank of Ireland. I would bring it to customer services, they would call her and confirm the amount with her and it would be signed off by a manager," Ms O'Connor said. Ms O'Connor said she then presented the cheque along with two forms of her identification and she would be handed the cash.
She said on occasion she would not be in a position to withdraw money from the woman's account so she would take the money from her own account and give it to her.
She told Noel Devitt BL, prosecuting, that she didn't tell her employers that she had done this, against employment policy, because she was afraid of losing her job.
Ms O'Connor said she was gifted €8,000 by the woman when she learned that Ms O'Connor no longer had transport available to her.
"She said she wanted to help me out with transport," Ms O'Connor said before she told the jury the woman suggested she would give her €10,000 for a car. The trial has reached its closing stages.