The former personal assistant of bassist Adam Clayton pleaded not guilty to charges of theft. A jury was sworn in today in case involving Carol Hawkins, charged with 184 crimes of theft. She also denied having stolen two checks on behalf of Adam and funds of the Bank of Ireland credit card services. The alleged thefts in the period 2004 to 2008, totaling nearly 3 million. More precisely 2,862,567 euros. The court heard on one occasion that she would have made a withdrawal of only 310,000 euros. The rest of the alleged transactions ranged from 1,000 euros to 36,000 euros during the period of four years.
Adam Clayton was present accompanied by U2 manager Paul McGuinness, in the courtroom. Adam seemed calm and will be called as a witness when the process get underway. It took almost two hours to charge Ms. Hwakins of all charges and after half an hour the jury was formed, composed of seven men and five women, in the event will be chaired by Judge Patrick McCartan. The case involves more than 30 witnesses and a book of 2,500 pages of evidence. The trial is expected to last six weeks.