Friday 15 December 2017

Jury to be sworn in today for FitzPatrick trial

Sean Fitzpatrick
Sean Fitzpatrick
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

A jury will be sworn in this morning for the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick.

Mr FitzPatrick (66), of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, is accused of failing to disclose loans from another bank under Section 197 of the Companies Act 1990.

Mr FitzPatrick was charged in the District Court with 12 counts of failing to disclose to auditors Ernst & Young the true value of loans worth at least €139m 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.

Delays

The trial was due to begin yesterday.

But Circuit Court judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned the matter until this morning after hearing there were some delays in the case.

Defence counsel Bernard Condon SC and prosecutor Paul O'Higgins SC told Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court that the jury may not begin hearing evidence until later in the week as there are some outstanding legal issues that are to be heard before Judge Ring.

Mr FitzPatrick was in court for the brief hearing.

The trial is expected to last around eight weeks.

Irish Independent

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