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Tipp hurling goalkeeper has case adjourned until Thursday

Darren Gleeson's trial for theft will be heard in Nenagh on Thursday after a jury has been sworn in

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Tipp hurling goalkeeper has case adjourned until Thursday

Darren Gleeson

Portroe man faces five charges of theft amounting to €93,000 between 2013 and 2015.

The trial of All-Ireland winning Tipperary hurler Darren Gleeson on theft charges has been adjourned at the Circuit Court.
Mr Gleeson (35) from Shesharoe, Portroe, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, is alleged to have stole over €93,000 between 2013 and 2015, using cheques, and was sent forward for trial last year when he first appeared before the district court.
His case was listed for trial on Tuesday morning at Nenagh Circuit Court but Suzanne Gorey BL said there was an application to have it adjourned.
It will be taken up again later in the current sittings at Nenagh.
Frank Quirke BL, for the State, said the adjournment was by agreement and it was his understanding that a jury will be sworn in on the next date.
The district court heard last October The DPP had recommended that the five charges against Mr Gleeson be dealt with by way of indictment.
Judge Thomas Teehan agreed on Tuesday morning to adjourn the matter, remanding Darren Gleeson on continuing bail.
The goalkeeper for Tipperary’s senior hurlers played when his team won the All-Ireland final last September against Kilkenny, and also won a medal in 2010 when he was a substitute. He has also won six Munster senior hurling championship medals.


Darren Gleeson in action for Tipperary.

He is charged with stealing €50,000, by lodging a cheque made payable to himself and and drawn on the account of a woman, on May 21 of 2014; stealing €10,000 on February 26 of 2015 by lodging a cheque made payable to himself and drawn on the account of the same woman; and stealing €1,960 on September 6 of 2013, via the same method.
He is also charged with stealing €22,000 from a man on November 29 of 2013 by lodging a cheque made payable to himself and drawn on the account of that man; and with stealing €10,000 from the same man on February 25 of 2013, using the same method.
The crimes are alleged to have happened in banks in Nenagh, Thurles and Limerick and the charges are under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act (theft and fraud offences).