€3m swindler bids for freedom
Caged conwoman Carol Hawkins who swindled €3m from U2’s Adam Clayton has appealed her conviction.
Hawkins — who splashed Clayton’s cash in a spending spree on horses, property, clothes and jewellery — filed papers with the Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) on July 19.
The papers lodged by the 49-year-old’s solicitors have also appealed the severity of the sentence .
Earlier this month, Judge Patrick McCartan sentenced Hawkins to seven years after finding her crime ranked at the higher end of the scale due to the serious breach of trust.
After the sentence was handed down, Judge McCartan said he would extend legal aid in the event of an appeal being lodged by Hawkins.
Legal experts last night told The Star that Hawkins’ appeal to the CCA can be founded on either points of fact, or points of law, or both.
However, they stressed there is an average wait of nine to 12 months between the appeal being filed and the appeal being heard by the three-judge CCA.