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Breifne O’Brien to be arraigned on €13m theft and deception charges in April

Declan Brennan

Published 30/01/2013 | 16:14

Businessman Breifne O'Brien leaving court yesterday after his trial was adjourned until April. Photo: Courtpix
Breifne O'Brien leaving court. Photo: Collins

A DATE for the arraignment of businessman Breifne O'Brien who is facing multiple charges of theft and deception has been set for next April.

The Cork-born financial advisor appeared before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today charged with the offences under the Theft and Fraud Act.

Mr O’Brien (51), of Kilmore, Monkstown Grove, Dublin, faces 19 charges of theft of sums totalling about €11m from five individuals and 19 charges of deception of the same people, which allegedly occurred between 2006 and 2008.

Further charges allege deception involving €1.9m.

Patrick McCullough BL, defending, told the court that the matter is now subject to a judicial review and that the next hearing date for this review is March 19.

Asking for an adjournment counsel said that there is still some outstanding disclosure of evidence to be dealt with in the case. He said the case involves three volumes of documents extending to 1,500 pages.

Refusing the application to adjourn the matter for three months Judge Mary Ellen Ring said she would be anxious to set a trial date as soon as possible. She noted that the charges went back to 2006 and said that any trial was likely to take a considerable time.

She adjourned the case for arraignment on April 9, telling Mr O’Brien’s counsel: “You should have all your documentation by the end of February. You have then until April to consider matters.”

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