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Grounded . . . in three-star with steak on menu

SHE'S a member of one of the world's biggest fashion dynasties but Jennifer Lauren kept a low profile as she awaited her court appearance today.

The 41-year-old jewellery designer was whisked into Ennis district court via a back entrance this morning, hoping to avoid the waiting media.

Wearing a dark coloured dress long black coat and black boots and with her long black hair down around her face, Ms Lauren sat in the back of the courtroom with a female companion waiting for her case to her called.

A male companion who has been by her side since Monday sat at the back of the public gallery.

The designer looked more rested at her second court appearance this morning.

After spending Monday night at the cells at Shannon Garda Station, she spent last night in the comfort of the three star Oakwood Arms hotel in the Clare town.

BAIL

Ms Lauren and her two companions spent much of the evening in the lounge of the hotel leaving only to sign on at the local garda station yesterday evening as set out on her bail conditions at a court sitting in a pub basement in Ballina.

While in the hotel the group chose a remote corner of the lounge last night and did not mix with other guests as they made calls and enjoyed a meal.

This morning the three were not seen at the breakfast buffet, opting for coffee in their rooms instead.

The group then travelled from Shannon to Ennis this morning, arriving at the court at 10am.

As Judge Patrick Durcan dealt with a number of other cases, Ms Lauren sat quietly in the courtroom with her hands clasped awaiting her turn while she listened to the details of the routine affairs before Ennis district court.

Prior to the case beginning, the 41-year-old became emotional, wiping away tears, as friends whom she had been travelling with spoke with her.

ccrawford@herald.ie


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