Sunday 19 November 2017

Drumm's mother (80) begs judge to grant bail

Former Anglo chief David Drumm with his wife Lorraine
Former Anglo chief David Drumm with his wife Lorraine

The elderly mother of David Drumm has pleaded with a US judge to show compassion for her son ahead of a hearing to decide whether or not he will be granted bail.

Her plea was contained in one of a series of impassioned letters submitted to a Boston court by members of the former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive's family.

Judge Donald Cabell also received pleas for Drumm's release from his wife and sister.

"Your compassion in David's case will be in my prayers forever," wrote Drumm's 80-year-old mother Mary. In a handwritten note, she said her son had been "my rock all his working life in all my good and bad days".

"All I ask as his mother is to give him bail so he can sort out what he has to deal with down the line," she wrote.

Judge Cabell is due to consider tomorrow whether Drumm should be released from custody pending the outcome of proceedings to extradite him to Ireland. The banker is facing 33 charges, including fraud and false accounting, in connection with matters in the run-up to the collapse of Anglo in 2008.


In a submission ahead of tomorrow's hearing, lawyers for Drumm argued he was not a flight risk and said there were six "special circumstances" which mean he should be released. They also said he had agreed to being electronically tagged and confining himself to his home should he be set free.

Drumm was taken into custody by US Marshals a month ago, and has been held in four different facilities since then.

In a letter to Judge Cabell, Lorraine Drumm said her husband was "a wonderful father, and a good, honest man".

"He is devastated to be away from us and to be causing us such so much worry and pain," she said. "As a family, we love this country very much and we always thought we could have faith in the US as a fair and just society that we could rely upon."

One of Drumm's sisters, whose name was not released by the court, said at one point her brother would phone her every night from Boston without fail.

"He is a man of integrity and is extremely dedicated to his family and work," she wrote.

Drumm moved to the US in 2009, the year after he stepped down as chief executive of Anglo. He has refused to comply with several requests for him to return home for questioning.

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