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U2 star's aide 'paid $370k for NY apartment'

ADAM Clayton's former personal assistant bought a New York apartment with money she had taken from his bank account, a court heard.

Carol Hawkins (48) paid $465,000 (¤372,000) for the condominium at Rector Place in New York by bank draft three days after she allegedly transferred the money from Mr Clayton's account into hers.

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 €2,862,567.

Detective Garda Martha Coyle, of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, told prosecuting counsel Colm O'Briain she seized documents from Hawkins' home. These included closing statements for the purchase of the apartment, a letter from an attorney in New York detailing the purchase and deeds for the apartment naming Hawkins as the owner.

Evidence of a paper trail showing the cheque transfer of €310,000 on April 26, 2007, from Mr Clayton's Fitzwilliam account to Hawkins' joint account, which she held with her then husband John, were given to the jury.

The cheque was signed by Hawkins as she was given the authority by Mr Clayton to be a cheque signatory.

Further evidence was produced that a US dollar bank draft was drawn down from Ms Hawkins' joint account made payable to an attorney in New York in the amount of $425,000 along with evidence of a similar draft for $46,000, which Det Garda Coyle said was the deposit for the property.


John Masterson, of the Bank of Ireland, gave evidence that Hawkins' son Joe and daughter Eleanor were authorised users of Hawkins' credit card.

He confirmed that Joe, who lived in America at the time and Eleanor, who lived in the UK, had a Visa and Mastercard each, both which were linked to Hawkins' credit card account.

Mr Clayton (42), U2's bass guitarist, is expected to give evidence later in the week. The trial continues.