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Thursday 8 December 2016

Garda and former GAA star faces new charge in alleged scam

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the road accident in Co Donegal
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the road accident in Co Donegal

A DUBLIN garda and former GAA player who is accused of taking part in an ATM scam is facing another charge, a court has heard.

Garda Brendan Phillips (34), who is alleged to have taken €450 in fraudulent bank machine transactions, had the case against him adjourned at Dublin District Court.

The accused, originally from Sligo but with an address in Clonsilla, has already pleaded not guilty to three deception charges and two counts of attempted deception in connection with ATM withdrawals in March and April 2013.

The former Sligo inter-county footballer is facing a two-day trial which will involve CCTV evidence as well as 25 prosecution witnesses.

A State solicitor asked for the case to be mentioned before the trial date as there is one more charge to be proffered.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned it to a date next week, when the additional charge will be brought. The non-jury trial is due to take place later this month. At a previous hearing, the court heard it was alleged cash was "manipulated" in a way that triggered an automatic refund.

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