Former solicitor charged with stealing up to €330,000 from clients
July 28 2021 03:52 PM
A FORMER solicitor has been charged with stealing up to €330,000 from clients over an eight-year period.
David Doyle (67) is facing trial charged with 21 theft and fraud offences against five alleged victims.
He was granted bail and his case was adjourned when he appeared in Dublin District Court.
Mr Doyle, with an address at Upper Churchtown Road, Dundrum, is charged with 21 counts of theft in various amounts and one of deception.
The offences are alleged to have happened on dates between 2009 and 2017.
Evidence of the accused’s arrest, charge and caution were handed in to court by certificate.
Detective Garda Yvonne Costelloe of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said the DPP had directed trial on indictment, or there was consent to the accused being sent forward to the circuit court on a signed plea of guilty if that should arise.
Defence solicitor Robert Purcell said there were “a number of matters related to different individuals” and asked if he could be sent any further disclosure documents.
The court heard preliminary disclosure had already been served on an earlier date.
There was no garda objection to bail subject to conditions and Judge McNamara granted bail in Mr Doyle’s bond of €1,000 and an independent surety of €2,000, all in cash.
A friend of the accused was approved as surety.
The court heard that the accused is due to reside in Co Mayo, so under conditions, he is to sign on at a nearby garda station and notify gardaí of any change of address.
His passport had already been surrendered to gardaí, the court heard.
Mr Purcell said there was no application for free legal aid today, but it “may arise later”.
Mr Doyle was remanded on bail to appear in court again on a date in October. He has not yet entered pleas to the charges.
Defence solicitor Rob