Wednesday 22 May 2019

Young mum accused of going on spending spree after money was mistakenly lodged in her bank account

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Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A young woman who allegedly went on a spending spree after money was mistakenly lodged in her bank account is facing trial.

Margaret McDonnell (25) is alleged to have spent the money on jewellery, shoes and clothing as well as groceries and bed linen.

She must answer more than 40 charges of theft relating to stealing in excess of €25,000 in cash belonging to Bank of Ireland.

Ms McDonnell is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court after the DPP ruled the matters were too serious for the district court.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for six weeks for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused, of Rathvilly Park, Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

The offences are alleged to have taken place over a two-week period in March 2013.

It is alleged that Ms McDonnell spent more than €9,000 on jewellery and gifts in Tierney & Co Gift Shop.

She is also alleged to have spent money on goods in New Look, Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Heatons, the Nike Store, Shoe Rack and the Bedlinen Warehouse.

Ms McDonnell is also accused of withdrawing large sums of cash during a two-week period in March 2013, ranging from €100 at AIB in Santry to €5,000 at Bank of Ireland in Finglas.

The court heard she is a lone parent with two children.

Judge McHugh assigned defence solicitor Simon Fleming on free legal aid.

Ms McDonnell has not yet indicated how she is pleading to the charges.

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