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Youth worker accused of €15k theft from VEC

A YOUTHREACH project coordinator has been accused of stealing over €15,000 in cash from the Co Dublin VEC over an eight-year period.

James Brady (56) of Abbey Park View, Dublin Road, Clane, Co Kildare, has been sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on 65 counts of theft from the organisation since 2004.

He had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court on the charges.

He is charged with carrying out the thefts at Youthreach, Esker Hill, Lucan. The offences, contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft & Fraud Offences) Act, 2001, are alleged to have happened from January 2004 to January 2012.

It is alleged that the accused stole sums of money, ranging from €15 to €765.

The total sum alleged to have been stolen is over €15,600 over the eight years.

Mr Brady is facing trial by judge and jury after Judge Denis McLoughlin decided the allegations were too serious for the case to be dealt with at District Court level.

When the case came back before Judge David McHugh, the court heard a book of evidence was ready and a new charge had been brought.

This charge relates to the stealing of €183 at Youthreach, Esker Hill, on January 27, 2006.

Detective Garda Padraic Jennings of Lucan Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

The accused made no reply to the final charge, he said.

Judge McHugh made amendments to two of the charges in the book of evidence at the request of the State Solicitor. He gave the accused the formal alibi warning before returning him for trial to the present sittings of the Circuit Court.

The accused was sent forward on existing bail of €500.

Legal aid was previously granted after the defendant's lawyer said Mr Brady was working but had a mortgage and a number of personal loans, and the allegations were serious.