Friday 31 March 2017

Juror who sat through longest criminal trial in Irish history 'cannot conclude deliberations'

Left to right, William McAteer, Denis Casey, John Bowe, and Peter Fitzpatrick
Left to right, William McAteer, Denis Casey, John Bowe, and Peter Fitzpatrick

Conor Gallagher

A juror who sat through the longest criminal trial in the State's history has been hospitalised and will not be able to conclude deliberations.

Jurors have been deliberating for over 28 hours over the course of six days days in the trial of four former bankers alleged to have conspired to mislead investors about the true financial health of Anglo Irish Bank.

They will return tomorrow to begin a seventh day considering a verdict.

Today on day 82 of the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Martin Nolan was handed a note by the jury foreman stating a female member of the jury is in hospital and will not be available for at least a week.

Judge Nolan said he was happy to allow jurors continue deliberating with 11 people. The foreman told the judge they were “making progress.”

Anglo's former head of capital markets John Bowe (52) and the bank's then finance director Willie McAteer (65) along with former chief executive of ILP Group Denis Casey (56) and ILP's former finance director Peter Fitzpatrick (63) have been on trial since January last. It is the longest running criminal trial in the State's history.

Bowe from Glasnevin, Dublin, McAteer of Greenrath, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary, Casey from Raheny, Dublin and Fitzpatrick of Convent Lane, Portmarnock, Dublin have all pleaded not (NOT) guilty to conspiring together and with others to mislead investors by setting up a €7.2 billion circular transaction scheme between March 1st and September 30th, 2008 to bolster Anglo's balance sheet.

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