Tuesday 22 August 2017

Jurors in trial of three former Anglo officials warned the trial will be long and 'boring' in significant parts

All three have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
All three have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Editor

JURORS in the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank officials accused of deceiving the Revenue and hiding or destroying bank records have been told by the prosecution that the trial will be long and "boring" in significant parts.

But prosecutor Dominic McGinn SC has told the jury of six men and six women that it was important for the three defendants that the trial "which essentially involves tax and fraud" are judged by the community.

Just because the trial is not exciting, does not mean it is any less important Mr McGinn said in his opening speech at Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court.

Aoife Maguire (60) of Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin, Bernard Daly (65) of Collins Avenue West, Whitehall, Dublin and Tiarnan O'Mahoney (54) of Glen Pines, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, are facing charges relating to offences allegedly committed in 2003 and 2004.

They have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

This afternoon Mr McGinn told the jury that the case, due to last for two months, essentially involves tax or fraud, unlike most cases that occur in the Circuit Criminal Courts which can involve " punch ups" car chases or violence.

"There are significant parts of this trial that won't be exciting, that will be boring, " said Mr McGinn, who said the jury's role was important as a person is entitled to be judged by community, by society, even if the trial is long or boring.

All three defendants are accused of conspiring to destroy, mutilate or falsify documents relatiing to accounts of John Peter O'Toole.

Mr Daly and Mr O'Mahoney are accused of furnishing a list of bank accounts which didn't include the account of Mr O'Toole.

All three are also accused of conspiring to defraud the Revenue by deleting or concealing accounts held by Anglo in the name of Mr O'Toole.

Ms Maguire and Mr O'Mahoney are accused of conspiring to destroy records of six accounts and of conspiring to defraud the Revenue by deleting or concealing some or all of the six accounts.

The names of the accounts are: Lock Ltd/Suzie Ltd, Carnahalla Ltd/Suzie Ltd, Lock Ltd, Carnahalla Ltd, Triumvirate Properties Ltd and Sean FitzPatrick Trust/Crohan O’Shea Trust.

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