Tuesday 20 February 2018

Jury will not be needed in criminal trial of businessman Breifne O’Brien, court hears

Briefne O’Brien
Briefne O’Brien

Dearbhail McDonald

THE Circuit Court has heard that a jury "will not be required" for the criminal trial of businessman Breifne O'Brien.

Mr O’Brien (51), Kilmore, The Gallan, Granitefield, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, was sent forward for trial to Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court after he was charged with 19 counts of theft allegedly involving sums totalling around €11m from five individuals between 2006 and 2008.

Another 19 charges involve alleged deception of the same people.

A further seven charges of deception involving €1.9 million relate to one of those five people between 2003 and 2008.

This morning (WED), Circuit Court judge Patricia Ryan was told by defence barrister Patrick McGrath SC that a jury "will not be required" for the trial which was listed for hearing today.

Prosecutor Luan O'Braonain SC requested that the matter be adjourned until 2pm to facilitate the taking of instructions from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Judge Ryan adjourned the case until 2pm.

Mr O'Brien is facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted of theft.

Deception attracts a maximum jail term on conviction of up to 5 years.


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