A former employee of a bank in Cork has entered a signed plea of guilty having been charged with stealing €105,000 from account holders over a five-year period.

Niamh Thornton, aged 36, with an address at Ahamore, Causeway, Co Kerry, yesterday appeared at Macroom District Court to face 191 charges arising from her time as an employee at the Bank of Ireland on the town’s Main Street.

She is charged with 187 counts of stealing sums ranging between €100 and €2,000 from three Bank of Ireland account holders contrary to Section 4 of Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act.

It is further alleged that on four occasions Ms Thornton did dishonestly operate a computer in relation to bank statements with the intention of making a gain, contrary to Section 9 of the same act.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on dates between 2009 and 2013. Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was presented to the court by way of certificate.

The court heard that the prosecution has directed the case proceeds on indictment at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Solicitor Peter Malone said his client was entering a signed plea of guilty to all charges, and made an application for legal aid on behalf of Ms Thornton, who is unemployed. He requested that this legal aid be extended to provide for a senior and junior counsel due to the complexities of the case.

Ms Thornton was remanded on continuing bail and the matter was sent forward to be heard at the Cork Circuit Criminal Court on February 7, 2016.


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