Thursday 17 August 2017

Dearbhail McDonald: We will never know how the jury would have called it

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick leaves court with his daughter Sarah after he was acquitted of all charges. Photo: Damien Eagers
Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick leaves court with his daughter Sarah after he was acquitted of all charges. Photo: Damien Eagers
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Would the jury in the Sean FitzPatrick trial have convicted or acquitted him? We'll never know.

As former legal editor and a veteran of various 'Anglo trials', I was disappointed but not surprised yesterday when the trial of the former Anglo chairman - acquitted three years ago in a separate jury trial - collapsed.

That was when Circuit Court judge John Aylmer ruled that the jury in what was the third trial of Mr FitzPatrick, would not get to decide for themselves - and by extension, us - whether he was guilty or innocent of failing to disclose loans by giving false or misleading information to Anglo's auditors Ernst & Young (now known as EY).

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