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Former PA guilty in Clayton's €3m case

THE former personal assistant of U2's Adam Clayton has been found guilty of stealing almost €3m from his bank accounts following a trial which the judge described as having "overwhelming evidence".

The jury of seven men and five women returned a unanimous verdict of guilty on all 181 counts after five hours and three minutes of deliberations.

Carol Hawkins (48), of Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin, had denied 181 counts of theft from two of Mr Clayton's Bank of Ireland accounts from 2004 to 2008. The alleged thefts totalled €2,862,567.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Hawkins was a "trusted employee" of U2 guitarist Mr Clayton who betrayed his trust when she started to write cheques and lodging them into her personal accounts.

Judge Patrick McCartan remanded Hawkins on bail for sentencing next Friday.