Sunday 19 November 2017

Anglo Irish: Jury arrives as historic trial starts

Dearbhail McDonald and Donal O'Donovan

THE trial of three former Anglo executives is about to get underway at noon the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin.

Sean FitzPatrick (65) of Whitshed Road,  Wicklow, William McAteer (63) of Auburn Villas Rathgar, Dublin and Pat Whelan (51) of Coast Road, Malahide, Dublin, have each pleaded not guilty to 16 charges of unlawfully providing financial assistance to individuals for the purpose of buying shares in Anglo Irish Bank in 2008.

Each of the 16 charges the men face relates to a specific individual who, it is alleged, received financial assistance on dates between July 10th and 17th, 2008 and, in the case of one of the borrowers, between July 10th and July 30th, 2008.

 Mr Whelan is facing an additional seven charges of being privy to fraudulently altered loan facility letters sent to seven of the borrowers relating to the purchase of shares in Anglo.

These alleged offences occurred  in October 2008.

All three men have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Fifteen jurors, seven men and eight women, have been sworn in to hear the trial which could last until the end of May.

More than 100 potential witnesses may be called to testify for the prosecution during the trial.

These include businessman Sean Quinn Snr, his wife Patricia Quinn, their five adult children and Pat Neary, the former financial regulator.

Potential witnesses also include gardai, property investors, developers, borrowers mentioned in the specific charges as well as ex Anglo employees and bankers living outside of the jurisdiction.

The 16 people named in the charges as having received financial assistance for the purpose of buying shares in the bank are Patricia Quinn; Sean Quinn Junior; Collete Marie Quinn; Aoife Quinn; Brenda Quinn; Ciara Quinn; Paddy McKillen; Séamus Ross; Brian O’Farrell; John McCabe; Gerard Maguire; Patrick Kearney; Gerard Conlon; Gerard Gannon; Seán Reilly and Joseph O’Reilly.

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