Former solicitor charged with stealing €330,000 from clients

David Doyle, who practised for 40 years, arrested following Garda investigation

The former solicitor has been charged with 22 offences, one count of deception and 21 for thefts of various sums from five former clients. File photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The former solicitor has been charged with 22 offences, one count of deception and 21 for thefts of various sums from five former clients. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

 

A former solicitor has been charged with stealing approximately €330,000 from clients. David Doyle (67), of Upper Churchtown Road, Dublin, was arrested following an investigation by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

He was charged with 22 offences, one count of deception and 21 for thefts of various sums from five former clients between 2009 and 2017. He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Mr Doyle, who practised as a solicitor for 40 years, appeared before Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court on Wednesday.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was set out in a document furnished to the court by Det Garda Yvonne Costello. She told Judge McNamara the Director of Public Prosecutions consented to Mr Doyle being sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

Defence solicitor Robert Purcell said there was consent to a nine-week adjournment for a book of evidence to be completed by the prosecution.

Cashbail was set at €1,000 paid by Mr Doyle with a further €2,000 lodged by a friend of the accused who was approved in court to act as an independent surety.

The judge ordered Mr Doyle, who remained silent during the hearing, to appear on October 1st.