herald

Monday 11 December 2017

Trial for woman accused of stealing €30,000 in cash

Alison Wilkins
Alison Wilkins

A DUBLIN woman accused of stealing an estimated €30,000 in cash has been sent forward for trial.

Alison Wilkins (47) is alleged to have stolen the money from a named individual over a six-month period in 2013 and 2014.

The accused, of Balcurris Park West in Ballymun, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with more than 30 counts of theft.

It is alleged Ms Wilkins took small amounts of cash, between €400 and €600, from banks in the Finglas area on dates in 2013 and early 2014.

She is also accused of stealing goods, worth €42, from Boots, and items, worth €36, from Shoe Rack, both in Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas on December 23, 2013.

Ms Wilkins is further charged with stealing goods, valued at €62, from Homebase on December 11, 2013 and cosmetics from Boots, worth €87, on December 17, 2013.

The court heard the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court on the charges, where the penalties upon conviction are potentially more severe.

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

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

The judge also ordered a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to her legal team.

Ms Wilkins has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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