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Saturday 18 November 2017

Youth worker accused of €100k theft from office

A COMMUNITY centre office manager is accused of stealing €100,000 from her workplace by forging and cashing cheques.

Sonia Delaney (46) has been sent for trial by judge and jury to Dublin Circuit Criminal on charges of fraud and stealing from the centre where she worked in west Dublin over a five-month period last year.

The accused had a book of evidence served on her when she appeared in Tallaght District Court.

Delaney, of Drumcairn Avenue, Tallaght, is charged with stealing €100,000 in cash, the property of the director of Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre Ltd, between January 4 and June 9, 2011.



She is also charged with two counts of possession of false instruments -- cheques with false signatures -- at Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Tallaght, between the same dates.

Two more counts relate to making false instruments at Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre on April 11.

Delaney had appeared in court on the five charges previously and the case was back before the court for the production of a book of evidence. A State solicitor said the book was ready and the DPP had consented to Delaney being returned for trial to the present sittings of the Circuit Court.

The book was served on the accused by Sgt Carmel Henry.

The defendant's barrister, Elizabeth Gunne, made an application for legal aid on Delaney's behalf, saying there was a signed statement of her means before the court.

She also stated that Delaney's financial circumstances had not changed since her last court appearance. The judge gave her the formal warning that she must produce evidence of any alibi she intended to rely on in her trial to the prosecution within 14 days. He granted legal aid to Padraig O'Donovan and one counsel.

Delaney was sent forward on her own nominal bail of €250.

aphelan@herald.ie

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