Monday 23 April 2018

Jury in FitzPatrick case asked about availability as trial is further delayed

Sean FitzPatrick
Sean FitzPatrick

Public Affairs Editor

The jury in the trial for former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick has been asked to assess whether they will be available should the case continued into June.

Jurors were told today there had been a further delay which meant they could not yet begin hearing evidence in the case.

Mr FitzPatrick is facing charges over allegedly failing to disclose the true value of multi-million euro loans.

However, the trial has been stalled for legal discussions without the jury.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning, Judge Mary Ellen Ring apologised to the jury of six men and six women.

“We are not in a position yet to proceed with this matter,” she said.

Judge Ring said jurors would be called back on Thursday, but she did not know when they would start hearing evidence.

“I am sorry about this. Like so many things in life there are things you cannot predict.”

She asked each juror “to consider your own positions” as the case could continue into June and she was aware people would have family commitments. The judge said that if this would cause a problem for them, they could make it known on Thursday.

“If you have a difficulty, you have a difficulty,” she said.

“Look at your own position, your work position, your family position.”

The judge added that she had been aware one juror had been having a difficulty with their work.

She said jurors experiencing any problems could have a letter sent to their employer by the Courts Service.

The jury was selected on April 14, but has yet to hear any evidence. Initially the trial was scheduled to last until May 28.

Mr FitzPatrick (66) has been arraigned on charges alleging that he failed to disclose the true value of loans given to him, or people connected to him, by Irish Nationwide Building Society from 2002 to 2007 while he was an officer of Anglo Irish Bank.

The former Anglo chairman, with an address at Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, is charged with 27 counts under the Companies Act 1990.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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