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Woman accused of €25k shopping spree after bank lodged cash into account in error

CourtsBy Sunday World
Margaret McDonnell
Margaret McDonnell

This is the young woman accused of going on a €25,000 spending spree after a sum of money was mistakenly lodged in to her bank account.

Margaret McDonnell (25) is alleged to have spent the money on jewellery, shoes and clothing as well as groceries and bed linen.

She is facing more than 40 charges of theft, relating to stealing in excess of €25,000 in cash belonging to Bank of Ireland.

McDonnell is facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court after the DPP ruled that matters were too serious for the district court.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for seven weeks to a date in September for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with more than 40 counts of theft.

The thefts are all alleged to have taken place over a two-week period in March 2013.

The injured party in all the alleged thefts is Bank of Ireland.

It is alleged that McDonnell spent more than €9,000 on jewellery and gifts in Tierney & Co Gift Shop.

She is also alleged to have spent money on goods in New Look, Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Heatons, The Nike Store, Shoe Rack and the Bedlinen Warehouse.

McDonnell is further accused of withdrawing large sums of cash during the same two-week period in March 2013, ranging from €100 at AIB in Santry to €5,000 at Bank of Ireland in Finglas.

The money was allegedly withdrawn by McDonnell from a number of ATMs across west Dublin.

McDonnell was due to be served with the book of evidence when she appeared on bail before Blanchardstown court, however the court heard the book was not yet ready.

The defence said there was consent to a date in September for the book of evidence.

The court previously heard that McDonnell, with an address at Rathvilly Park in Finglas, is a lone parent with two children.

She has not yet indicated how she is pleading to the charges.