| 13°C Dublin

Man (20) accused of taking €20k in welfare payments

A YOUNG man accused of stealing nearly €20,000 in social welfare payments has been sent forward for trial.

John Lawrence (20) allegedly stole the money from post offices in Clondalkin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght over a 20-month period.

He is facing trial in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled the matters were too serious for the District Court.

Lawrence, of Rosebank Hall in Clondalkin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with 58 counts of theft, contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001.


The alleged thefts took place at An Post, Neilstown, in Clondalkin, with some also taking place at An Post, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and An Post, The Square Shopping Centre and Jobstown Post Office, both in Tallaght.

It is alleged he stole the payments between December 2009 and July 2011. The alleged amounts varied between €100, €172.90, €186.20 and €316.70 and came to more than €20,000.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on Lawrence, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Judge Patrick Clyne remanded him on bail in his own bond of €1,000, with a cash lodgment of €1,000.

He also had to surrender his passport.