The former PA to U2 bass player Adam Clayton has been found guilty of stealing up to €2.8m from his bank accounts over a four-year period.

Carol Hawkins, 47, from Lower Rathmines Road in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty.

She was charged with 181 counts of theft from the musician's bank accounts between 2004 and 2008.

Hawkins, a mother-of-two, had worked for Mr Clayton for 16 years from 1992 and was a signatory on two of his banks accounts.

It was from these accounts that Hawkins was accused of drawing 181 cheques and lodging them into her own bank to finance a lavish lifestyle.

The lowest amount of money Hawkins was accused of taking was just under €2,000 and the highest was €310,000.

Mr Clayton gave evidence during the trial and said he was not aware of numerous transactions carried out.

These included a lease agreement to rent an apartment in New York and a €21,000 payment for a Volkswagen Golf.

The jury delivered unanimous guilty verdicts against Hawkins on all counts after deliberating for five hours.

She will remain on bail and be sentenced on 6 July.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Clayton said he was pleased with the verdict and thanked his legal team.