The trial of Adam Clayton's former personal assistant has heard that her marriage was in trouble in 2009.

Carol Hawkins, 48, of Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 181 counts of theft from two of Mr Clayton's bank accounts over a four-year period between 2004 and 2008.

The alleged thefts came to a total of €2.8m.

Mr Clayton's solicitor told the court that when he visited her in late 2009 to confiscate two computers, she told him her husband had left her for a younger woman and had no contact with the family.

Solicitor Phillip Lee said he sympathised with her but at the time, they believed around €90,000 had gone missing rather than the later more serious allegations.

The trial continues before Judge Patrick McCartan and a jury of seven men and five women.