Wednesday 21 February 2018

Struck off solicitor Thomas Byrne to stand trial next year over €50m theft and fraud charges

Thomas Byrne.
Thomas Byrne.

Conor Gallagher

STRUCK-off solicitor Thomas Byrne is to stand trial next year charged with theft and fraud offences totalling over €50m.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the trial will take up to three months.

Judge Martin Nolan scheduled it for the start of the 2013 autumn term as this is the only space in the court calendar that can accommodate such lengthy proceedings.

Mr Byrne (46) of Walkinstown Road, Crumlin faces a total of 52 charges relating to more than 20 residential properties and six banks totalling more than €52m.

Earlier this year he was charged in the District Court with 21 charges of theft relating to mortgage funds, 14 charges relating to deeds of transfer and assignment on properties, nine charges of deception and eight charges of using false instruments.

All of the offences are alleged to have occurred between 2004 and 2007, all relate to residential properties in Dorset Street, Crumlin, Clondalkin and south Dublin and concern six banks - NIB, IIB, EBS, Irish Nationwide, Anglo Irish Bank and Bank of Scotland (Ireland).

Today Judge Nolan remanded the accused on continuing bail until his trial date on October 8, 2013.

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