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Saturday 3 December 2016

Trial for woman accused of €13,000 bank theft

Karen Smith
Karen Smith

A woman accused of stealing more than €13,000 from a bank has been sent forward for trial.

Karen Smith (28) allegedly took the money, ranging from €350 to €2,000, during a five-month period last year.

Ms Smith is facing more than 10 counts of theft from Ulster Bank, Main Street in Blanchardstown, on a number of dates between March and July last year.

The first theft, of €350, allegedly took place on March 29, 2014, with the final theft, of €2,000, allegedly occurring on July 25, 2014.

Ms Smith is also before Blanchardstown District Court accused of forgery, in that it is alleged she made a false statement in relation to a sum of €1,900 at Ulster Bank on June 7, 2014.

The accused, with an address at The Village Green, Ratoath in Co Meath, is facing trial by judge and jury after the DPP ruled the allegations were too serious for the district court.

A state solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Ms Smith the formal alibi caution, warning her she had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone she proposed calling as a witness.

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Defence solicitor Michael Staines and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Judge McHugh also ordered that a video copy of an interview that gardai conducted with Ms Smith be furnished to her legal team.

The accused has not yet indicated how she is pleading to the charges.

Ms Smith was remanded on continuing bail to appear before the Dublin Circuit Court in October.

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