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U2 bassist Adam Clayton

U2 bassist Adam Clayton

U2 bassist Adam Clayton

U2 star Adam Clayton's former personal assistant had a €310,000 (£250,000) cheque in his name lodged into her bank account, a court has heard.

Carol Hawkins is on trial over the alleged embezzlement of €2.8m (£2.25m) of the bassist's funds over a four-year period while she worked for him.

A jury at the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin was shown a detailed paper trail of bank lodgements, statements and transfers.

One document was a copy of a €310,000 cheque from Mr Clayton's bank and a lodgement slip showing the funds had been transferred into a joint account held by the defendant and her then husband John Hawkins.

The sum is the largest single transaction being examined in the criminal trial.

Prosecution barrister, senior counsel Colm O'Briain, claimed the cheque was paid into the account in April 2007, when Ms Hawkins had been a signatory on two of Clayton's personal bank accounts.

Ms Hawkins (48) of Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin, listened attentively in the dock while the evidence was being considered.

Clayton, who was absent from court, is expected to be called as a witness later in the week.

Ms Hawkins worked for Clayton from 1992 until 2009.

The trial, which is listed for six weeks, continues today.

Belfast Telegraph