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GAA All Star charged with €94k theft

Darren Gleeson
Darren Gleeson

All Ireland winning Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson (35) has been charged with theft amounting to almost €94,000.

The All Star will now face trial before a judge and jury at Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court at its sittings next week.

Mr Gleeson of Shesharoe, Portroe, Co Tipperary appeared before Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Nenagh District Court.

The court was told that the hurler, who worked in the financial services industry, faces a total of five charges.

Sergeant Michael Keating confirmed to the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has instructed that the matter be dealt with on indictment before the Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge MacGrath was told that the book of evidence has now been served on Mr Gleeson.

Gardai said they have no objection to the defendant being remanded on bail in his own bond.

He was remanded to appear before Nenagh Circuit Criminal Court on October 25 next.

Mr Gleeson, who appeared in court accompanied by his solicitor, Patrick Kennedy, did not speak during the brief hearing.

Mr Gleeson was told, as is routine in such cases, that he must inform Gardai of any alibi evidence within a specified period.

He faces a total of five charges which are brought contrary to the Criminal Justice Theft & Fraud Offences Act, 2001.

The charges alleged that he stole property, in the form of various Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland bank cheques, by lodging them to his own account.

A total of five cheques are involved in amounts varying from €1,960 to €50,000.

The total amount involved is almost €94,000.

All the counts involve bank addresses in Nenagh, Thurles and Castletroy in Limerick.

The cheques specified were drawn on the accounts of two named individuals, a man and a woman.

All five offences involve dates ranging from February 25 2013 to February 26 2015.

Mr Gleeson won an All Ireland medal with Tipperary last month when they beat Kilkenny to lift the Liam McCarthy Cup for the 27th time.

The goalkeeper has two senior All Ireland medals having been an unused sub on Tipperary's victorious 2010 panel.

He was honoured with an All Star selection in 2014 for his performances in the Munster and All Ireland championships.

The goalkeeper has a total of six Munster titles and one National Hurling League crown.

He is a native of Portroe and first sprang to hurling prominence with his outstanding performances for the Tipperary U-21s in the early 2000s.