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Two men charged with theft of €15,000 from Ulster Bank customer accounts

The men are alleged to have taken €12,000 and €3,000 in case from customer accounts in Kildare.

TWO MEN IN their late twenties appeared at Naas District Court this week, facing several charges relating to the theft of thousands of euro from Ulster Bank.

Gary Fields, 6 Line Grove, Tinryland, Co Carlow, is facing over 60 charges of stealing cash at Ulster Bank in Naas, Carlow and Newbridge, during 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Alan Smith, 1 Park Road, Baroda Court, Newbridge, is charged with robbing Ulster Bank in Naas of cash in 2015.

Inspector Mel Smith outlined how the accused are on continuing bail and are facing trial by indictment.

The court heard how Fields is alleged to have stolen €12,000 from a customer account in Ulster Bank while Smith is understood to have stolen more than €3,000 from a customer account.

Defence solicitor for Fields, Eoin O’Connor, outlined that the accused is earning €390 per week at a call centre and would require legal aid. An application was granted.

Conal Boyce, defence solicitor for Smith, told the court how his client is unemployed and needs to pay maintenance and rent. An application for legal aid was also granted.

Judge Desmond Zaidan ordered the two accused to appear at Naas District Court on October 20, to await a book of evidence.

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Louise McCarthy