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Thursday 24 April 2014

Fears of prejudicing trial delays civil case

SEAN FITZPATRICK'S bankruptcy proceedings have been delayed due to fears they may prejudice his criminal trial.

The Greystones resident and former Anglo chair is estimated to have debts of €150 million and assets of €47 million.

He and two former colleagues have been sent forward for trial.

However the High Court heard this week that Fitzpatrick's solicitor Michael Staines has written to the DPP asking that the bankruptcy proceedings be postponed until after the criminal case.

High Court judge Ms. Justice Elizabeth Dunne remarked that the fact that two different legal representatives - one for bankruptcy and one criminal - appear was ' bizarre and unusual.'

he matter was adjourned for two weeks by Judge Dunne who asked Fitzpatrick's legal team to lodge sworn statements setting out their submissions on the prejudice issue.

Lawyers for the DPP told the High Court that although the DPP was not conceding that there would be a real risk of prejudicing the criminal proceedings, it would be safer to adjourn the civil case.

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