Friday 19 January 2018

Jurors resume deliberations in Byrne trial

THE jury in the €52m theft and fraud trial of former solicitor Thomas Byrne will continue its deliberation today after being sent home for a second night having failed to reach a verdict.

Mr Byrne (47) of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 50 counts of theft, forgery, using forged documents and deception between 2004 and 2007.

The charges allege Mr Byrne transferred clients' homes into his name and then used them as collateral for property loans. He is also accused of using invalid collateral to fraudulently borrow millions from six financial institutions.

The jurors have deliberated for seven hours over two days. They have reached verdicts on some of the counts, but Judge Patrick McCartan told them to return all the verdicts at once.

Irish Independent

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