Legal issue delays FitzPatrick trial
Jurors in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick for allegedly misleading auditors have been told a legal issue needs to be "thrashed out" in their absence and have been sent home for a week.
They were told by Judge John Aylmer that there had been a change in the plan as to the order in which witnesses would be called, and he asked them to return next Monday. But within minutes of informing them of this, the judge recalled the jury to advise them of a lengthier delay. He said it had always been anticipated that there would be three significant periods where legal issues would need to be "thrashed out" in their absence. One of those issues has been dealt with. "It has been decided to deal with the second matter now," he said.
Judge Aylmer said he hoped this did not cause jurors any inconvenience and asked them to return on November 14.
"Unfortunately, I couldn't give you notice of this until now," he said. The jury was selected at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court between September 21 and 26, but has only heard an opening statement from the prosecution so far. No evidence has been heard in the trial to date.
Opening the case on Thursday, prosecution counsel Dominic McGinn said the State's case was that Mr FitzPatrick (68), of Greystones, Co Wicklow, failed to disclose multi-million euro directors' loans used for property investments between 2002 and 2007.