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Sunday 4 December 2016

Woman is charged with theft at city bank

A clerical worker has been charged with stealing money from the Department of Social Protection
A clerical worker has been charged with stealing money from the Department of Social Protection

A clerical worker has appeared in court charged with stealing money from the Department of Social Protection at a bank in west Dublin.

Iwona Gajewska (30) is alleged to have stolen €188 in one count of theft.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against her at Blanchardstown District Court for the directions of the DPP.

Ms Gajewska, with an address at Willan's Avenue, Ongar, is charged with theft of money belonging to the Department of Social Protection at AIB Westend Retail Park, Blanchardstown, on July 13.

The prosecuting garda told the court the accused was arrested and taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station where she made no reply when charged after caution.

The court heard the DPP's directions were not yet available. Defence solicitor Simon Fleming told Judge McHugh he was consenting to an adjournment to a date in November.

The judge said he had "noted the nature of the charge."

The accused was earning €400 per week, Mr Fleming said, applying for free legal aid on her behalf.

Judge McHugh granted legal aid, saying the accused had signed the required declaration, so it was "her responsibility".

The defendant, who did not address the court, has not yet indicated how she intends to plead.

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