New jury sworn in for five-month Drumm trial
A new jury was selected in the David Drumm fraud trial yesterday afternoon, after the original jury was discharged.
Eight men and seven women were selected for the new jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive Mr Drumm is charged with false accountancy and conspiracy to defraud in 2008. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The original jury was discharged after one of its members informed Judge Karen O'Connor he had difficulties which made it inappropriate for him to continue on the jury.
Judge O'Connor discharged the man in the morning and said she had no alternative but to discharge the entire jury.
Already after the original jury was selected last week, seven of its members were excused from serving after making requests. A number of them had indicated they had difficulties about the long, five-month expected duration of the trial. All those members were replaced, and the jury of 15 formally charged on Thursday.
When the court was informed on Friday that a member of the newly constituted jury had made a request to be excused, the judge ruled that the matter would be dealt with yesterday.