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Adam Clayton's jailed former PA loses appeal against conviction

Carol Hawkins has served over two years of a seven year sentence.

Clayton's former PA will learn her fate today.
Clayton's former PA will learn her fate today.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Updated 10.36 am

ADAM CLAYTON’S FORMER PA, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for stealing nearly €3 million from the U2 bassist, has lost an appeal against her conviction.

Carol Hawkins was convicted in 2012 on 181 counts of stealing €2.8 million from Clayton using cheques drawn from his accounts.

The Court of Criminal Appeal today dismissed her challenge to the conviction.

Hawkins was not in court for today’s hearing but counsel on her behalf outlined submissions appealing her seven year sentence.

The court heard that a report from the Dóchas Centre in Mountjoy described her as a “model prisoner” who has undergone a number of educational programmes during her 27 months in prison.

Hawkins had pleaded not guilty to the charges which occurred between 2004 and 2008.

The mother-of-two had worked for Clayton for 16 years and was the signatory on two of his bank accounts.

Her trial had heard that Hawkins used the money she stole to purchase an apartment in New York and that her and her husband owned up to 22 thoroughbred race horses.

The court will consider the submissions relating to her sentence and will make a judgement in the coming days.

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