Tuesday 21 January 2020

Sean FitzPatrick tries to bar judge from trial

Former Anglo director Sean FitzPatrick. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Former Anglo director Sean FitzPatrick. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Aodhan O Faolain

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick has launched a High Court challenge aimed at preventing Judge Patrick McCartan from presiding over his trial on charges of breaching the Companies Act.

Mr FitzPatrick (66) of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow is due to go on trial before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court at the end of May. He has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act, including 21 charges of making a misleading, false or deceptive statement to auditors and six charges of furnishing false information in the years 2002 to 2007.

In judicial review proceedings against the DPP, Mr FitzPatrick seeks various orders and declarations including one prohibiting Judge McCartan, who presided over another trial involving alleged wrongdoings committed by others at Anglo Irish Bank, from presiding over the forthcoming trial.

Bernard Condon SC, for the retired banker, said Judge McCartan had declined to recuse himself from presiding over the criminal trial. There was no need for Judge McCartan to hear the case, counsel said, adding the application was being brought to ensure his client received a fair trial.

Lawyers for the DPP said they were taking a neutral position in regards to Mr FitzPatrick's application for leave.

The matter came before Mr Justice Richard Humphreys who granted Mr FitzPatrick's lawyers permission to bring the application.

The matter was made returnable to next week.

Irish Independent

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