U2 bassist Clayton sees court case adjourned

A High Court application by U2 bassist Adam Clayton to be paid the proceeds of sale of an apartment in New York purchased by his former personal assistant Carol Hawkins with what he claims is his money has been adjourned to allow for settlement talks.

The court also heard yesterday that Ms Hawkins has lodged appeals against her conviction and the seven year prison sentence she received after a jury found was found guilty of stealing €2.8m of Mr Clayton's money.

In proceedings before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan at the High Court yesterday lawyers of Mr Clayton of Danesmoate Demesne, Kellystown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin claimed that in 2007 an apartment in New York was bought by Ms Hawkins with his money for $465,000.

The property was subsequently sold and a sum of approximately €193,000 is held in a bank account held in the names of lawyers representing the different parties.

Ms Hawkins's lawyers argued they were entitled to be paid legal fees, of more than €70,000, from the monies contained in the accounts.

Mr Clayton's lawyers previously obtained a number of freezing orders against Ms Hawkins, preventing her from dissipating certain assets pending the outcome of proceedings brought against the former PA.

Following Mrs Hawkins conviction, and seven year prison sentence, for stealing €2.8m of Mr Clayton's money at Dublin circuit Criminal Court on 181 counts of theft, committed over a four-year period, Mr Clayton says that he is entitled to be paid the full amount.

Ms Hawkins of Crannagh Road Dublin 14, has opposed the claim. He lawyers argued that under the terms of the freezing order granted by the High Court in 2010 and by an agreement reached between the parties they were entitled to be paid their legal fees out of the money held in the account.

This evening following lengthy discussions between lawyers for the parties Mr Justice Gilligan agreed to adjourn the case to a date in early March.

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