Friday 15 December 2017

Potential jurors in Sean Fitzpatrick trial told not to serve if they had expressed views on Anglo on social media

Sean FitzPatrick at court yesterday
Sean FitzPatrick at court yesterday
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

POTENTIAL jurors in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick have been told that they should not serve if they have expressed themselves on social media or in any other public forum about issues concerning the former Anglo Irish Bank, the banking crisis or bankers in general that may embarrass them at a later stage if those views became known.

This afternoon Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Ring outlined a special category of persons who should not serve in the trial of Mr FitzPatrick.

Mr FitzPatrick (66) of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co. Wicklow has pleaded not guilty to 27 individual counts under the Companies Acts 1990.

He stands accused of failing to disclose to Ernst & Young, auditors of Anglo Irish Bank, the true value of loans given to him or people connected to him between 2002 and 2007 while he served as an officer of Anglo Irish Bank.

This morning Mr FitzPatrick, dressed in a grey suit, replied 'Not Guilty' to each of the charges.

The trial was due to begin on Monday, but trial Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned the matter until this morning after hearing there were some delays in the case.

This afternoon, Judge Ring outlined a number of categories  in addition to standard warnings about who is eligible to serve on a jury.

Persons who should not serve include those who directly held shares in Anglo or any other bank in the State, said Judge Ring who said that the requirement in this and all criminal trials is that jury service be carried out in an impartial fashion.

The trial, which will commence in Monday next, is expected to last Until May 29, 2015 Judge Ring is presently outlining proposed witnesses who are listed to appear.

These include gardai and persons the court heard are connected in the proceedings to Anglo Irish Bank including Anne Heraty, Fintan Drury, Donal O'Connor, Matt Moran, Peter Butler, Tiarnan O'Mahony and others.

The jury selection process continues.

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