Sunday 18 February 2018

Verdict reached in majority of charges against solicitor Byrne

Thomas Byrne pictured arriving at court earlier this week
Thomas Byrne pictured arriving at court earlier this week

Conor Gallagher

THE jury in the €52m theft and fraud trial of former solicitor Thomas Byrne has reached verdicts in 36 of the 50 charges against him.

The jury has been deliberating for nearly 16 hours over a four-day period.

The foreman has not announced any of the verdicts yet, but told Judge Patrick McCartan that they are "making progress" and have about 14 counts left to consider.

Judge McCartan asked the jury to return on Monday to resume their deliberations.

The court is not sitting today due to jurors' personal commitments. Mr Byrne (47), of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, is accused of theft and fraud offences totalling €51.8m.

He has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 50 counts of theft, forgery, using forged documents and deception between 2004 and 2007. The jury was previously ordered to acquit him of another count due to lack of evidence.

The charges allege Mr Byrne transferred clients' homes into his name and then used them as collateral for property loans. He is also accused of using invalid collateral to fraudulently borrow millions from six financial institutions.

Irish Independent

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