Sunday 22 September 2019

Judge appointed to deal with pre-trial matters for David Drumm case

Anglo chief executive David Drumm.
Anglo chief executive David Drumm.
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A judge has been appointed to deal with pre-trial matters in the case of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm.

The President of the Circuit Court, Judge Raymond Groarke, has appointed Judge Karen O’Connor to decide on issues, including disclosure of evidence.

The former bank executive is scheduled to go on trial next April on two charges of conspiring to defraud depositors and investors at Anglo by dishonestly creating the impression that deposits in 2008 were €7.2bn larger than they were.

At a brief pre-trial hearing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Melanie Greally informed Mr Drumm’s legal team of Judge O’Connor’s appointment.

Mr Drumm’s solicitor Michael Staines said he intended to make an application “in relation to certain matters”, but it was indicated he would have do so before Judge O’Connor.

Mr Staines has previously indicated there is likely to be “a huge amount” of disclosure involved in the trial, which is expected to last 12 weeks.

The former banker (50), with an address in Skerries, Co Dublin, was not present in court as he had been excused from attending.

He has also been excused from attending the next pre-trial hearing.

As well as next April’s trial, he is facing a further one in January 2018 on 31 other charges, mainly relating to the so-called Maple 10 share support scheme.

Mr Drumm is accused of unlawful lending to members of the Quinn family and the Maple 10 investors to unwind a secret 28pc shareholding in Anglo built up by tycoon Sean Quinn.

The second trial will also deal with allegations he was privy to the falsifying of documents and that he created false documents.

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