Thursday 27 October 2016

Woman accused of €14,000 welfare theft

Laura Joyce is charged with more than 80 counts of theft
Laura Joyce is charged with more than 80 counts of theft

A woman accused of stealing more than €14,000 in Jobseeker's Allowance has been sent forward for trial.

Laura Joyce (34) is alleged to have stolen the money over a three-year period.

The accused, of Wotton Bridge, Ashbourne Road, Co Dublin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with more than 80 counts of theft.

The thefts allegedly took place at Ashbourne Post Office on various dates between 2009 and 2012.

A state solicitor said the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court, where the penalties on conviction are potentially greater.

The court heard the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

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


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

The judge assigned solicitor Terence Hanahoe and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Ms Joyce has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

She was remanded on bail to appear before Dublin Circuit Court later this month.

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