Limerick woman charged over €14K ‘theft’ from community organisation

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A CITY woman was granted bail when she appeared in court charged with stealing almost €14,000 from a youth organisation on the southside of the city.

A CITY woman was granted bail when she appeared in court charged with stealing almost €14,000 from a youth organisation on the southside of the city.

Martina Keane, aged 37, of Glendale Lawn, Old Singland Road, faces a total of 54 charges relating to offences which are alleged to have happened over a three year period while she was working for the Southill Outreach Youth Project, which is based in Galvone.

Yesterday, Limerick Court was told the defendant made no reply to any of the charges when they were put to her.

It’s alleged that on various dates between January 29, 2010 and November 19, 2012 Ms Keane electronically transferred cash belonging to the youth project into her own bank account at AIB, Upper William Street.

It is alleged the amounts of money stolen by the defendant ranged from €100 to €800.

Ms Keane, who didn’t speak during yesterday’s court hearing is also charged with stealing office supplies worth €95.95 which belonged to Southill Outreach Youth Project.

The total amount of cash and property which is alleged to have been stolen by the 
defendant is €13,973.55.

Sergeant Donal Cronin told the court a file had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the matter and that she had directed the case be dealt with on indictment at Limerick Circuit Court.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly granted an application for free legal aid and solicitor John Herbert was assigned to represent Ms Keane .

Sgt Cronin said some time would be needed to facilitate the completion of the book of evidence in the case and he requested an eight-week adjournment.

He added that there was no garda objection to bail

Judge O’Kelly granted the application for an adjournment and he granted Ms Keane bail on her own bond of €500.

The case was adjourned until November 20th next.

Southill Outreach which is based at the Factory, Galvone Industrial Estate, helps young people in the area involved in truancy, substance abuse and joyriding.

The project runs work training and education schemes and is also involved in “street work.”