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Clayton's ex-PA 'spent €1.5m on credit card'

THE former personal assistant of Adam Clayton accused of stealing nearly €3m from him spent almost €1.5m on her credit card over a four-year period, a court has heard.

Carol Hawkins (48) also paid out more than €434,000 in horse-related expenses from her account to stud farms and trainers in the US and UK, a forensic accountant told the court.

The court already heard Hawkins and her husband John, who was employed as Mr Clayton's driver, owned up to 22 thoroughbred racehorses from 2005 to 2008 when they were on a joint salary of €48,000.

Hawkins, of Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 181 counts of theft from two of Mr Clayton's Bank of Ireland accounts over a four-year period from 2004 to 2008. The alleged thefts totalled €2,869,274. David McManus, a garda forensic accountant, said that €22,611 had been paid to the New York Film Academy from her personal account between November 2005 and June 2006.


A further €17,971 had been paid for the lease of an apartment in New York between October 2006 and March 2007.

During this time €350,602 had been paid through a bank draft from her account to purchase an apartment in New York. Mr McManus told counsel he examined the personal, joint and credit card accounts of Hawkins along with the Danesmoate and Fitzwilliam accounts of Mr Clayton.

He said he located regular lodgments of cheques ranging from €1,500 to €310,000 from Mr Clayton's two accounts to Hawkins' accounts over the four-year period.