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AWARD WINNER: Niamh Farrell, lead singer with Ham Sandwich is accused of stealing €14k from BT2

AWARD WINNER: Niamh Farrell, lead singer with Ham Sandwich is accused of stealing €14k from BT2

AWARD WINNER: Niamh Farrell, lead singer with Ham Sandwich is accused of stealing €14k from BT2

The BT2 worker accused of stealing €14,000 in cash is lead singer with Meteor award winning band Ham Sandwich.

Niamh Farrell (25) fronts the Dublin-based rock band which has performed at a number of high profile concerts, the Herald has learned.

The band, which has a loyal following and regular radio play on national stations, recently performed at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and the 2fm 2moro 2our.



Splash

Ms Farrell, the lead singer and mother of one, is alleged to have taken small amounts of money ranging from €50 to €250 on a number of dates over a 15-month period from BT2.

She was employed by BT2 at the time as a cash office administrator, and she had responsibility for the cash on the premises.

Ms Farrell and Ham Sandwich released their debut album Carry the Meek on the same night that they won the Meteor Music Hope for 2008 Award last February.

The singer also caused a splash last June when she was admitted to hospital with stomach pains only to discover she was eight months pregnant and gave birth to a son a few hours later. Earlier this week Ms Farrell, with an address at Pineview Rise, Aylesbury, Tallaght, was charged before Dun Laoghaire District Court with stealing a total of €14,000 in cash from BT2 Dundrum on dates between July 2006 and October 2007.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said he is still awaiting disclosure on all documents relating to the charge.

The court heard that the prosecuting garda, Gda Nigel Bourke, is currently off work.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell ordered disclosure of January next and remanded Farrell on continuing bail to early February for a plea or date. Ms Farrell made no comment during the brief hearing.

In court on Monday, a garda witness said it is alleged that Ms Farrell took small amounts of money, from €50 to €250, on a number of different dates while she worked as an administrator with BT2 Dundrum.

Judge O'Donnell said he would accept jurisdiction in the matter, after hearing that Ms Farrell co-operated fully with the gardai investigation.

Ham Sandwich are well known on the music scene.



Pregnant

The band also performed at this year's Glastonbury Festival, but during the build-up to the major gig Ms Farrell was admitted to the Coombe Hospital in Dublin with stomach pains, only to discover she was pregnant and gave birth to her first child, Oscar hours later.

Her boyfriend Derek Byrne was with her during the labour which lasted just an hour.

After the birth Ms Farrell said that she hadn't thought she was pregnant because she had irregular periods and put her "fat belly" down to weight gain.

Ham Sandwich have gigs scheduled throughout Christmas and the new year.


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