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Friday 2 December 2016

Duo accused of €4,200 ATM thefts from woman

Blanchardstown District Court
Blanchardstown District Court

TWO errand-runners who were entrusted with a woman's ATM card and PIN stole a combined €4,200 from her account, it has been alleged.

Emily (42) and Freda Byrne (22) are accused of stealing from the woman over a three-week period after being given her bank card to go shopping for her.

Emily Byrne is alleged to have stolen €3,500, while the younger woman is accused of taking €700.

The alleged victim is in her late 50s. The cases against them were adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

Emily Byrne faces five counts of stealing from the woman at Ulster Bank, Lucan, on dates between November 10 and December 1 last year.

Each amount allegedly stolen was €700.

Freda Byrne is charged with one count of theft of €700 at Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Lucan, on November 26 last.

Sgt Maria Callaghan told the court the DPP had consented to summary disposal of the case.

She said it was alleged Emily Byrne knew the woman and used to run errands for her.

She would do her shopping and had access to her ATM card and PIN, Sgt Callaghan said.

Jurisdiction

The allegations against Freda Byrne were similar, but with only one charge.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.

This means it can be heard at district court level instead of being sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The women are both of the same address at Ballymakealy Grove, Celbridge, Co Kildare.

They have not yet indicated how they intend to plead.

Judge McHugh ordered disclosure of prosecution documents at the request of defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly.

The accused were granted free legal aid after the court heard they were unemployed and gardai had no objections.

They were remanded on continuing bail to a date in October.

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