Carol Hawkins, formerly the personal assistant to U2's Adam Clayton, has lost her appeal against a seven year prison sentence for her 2012 conviction for stealing from the bassist.

Hawkins was convicted of 181 separate counts of thefts from Clayton's bank accounts over a four-year period, totalling to a sum of almost €2.9million, with which she used the money to buy 22 thoroughbred racehorses, a New York City apartment, holidays, shopping sprees and more.

She also spent in the region of €1.4million on a credit card which was linked to Clayton's own accounts.

Hawkins had appealed the sentence, denying the charges and complaining about the severity of her sentence but it was upheld in full this morning at the Court of Criminal Appeal.

(via Independent)