Thursday 20 September 2018

Sean FitzPatrick jury told to come back next month


Sean Fitzpatrick
Sean Fitzpatrick

Jurors in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick have been told that legal arguments are still ongoing and that they must return next month when "all will be done and dusted".

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, Judge Mary Ellen Ring allowed the jury foreman to be excused after he told the court he was experiencing difficulties due to his work.

Another juror, who is unemployed and looking for work, told the court that the delays in the trial were interfering with his ability to find a new job.

The jury has been empanelled for six weeks with the trial ongoing in legal argument in its absence. The start of evidence has been adjourned four times.

Judge Ring yesterday told another juror, who has holidays booked from June 4, not to be concerned and that he could still pack his bags.

She asked the remaining 11 jurors to reassemble in the court on June 2.


The unemployed juror told the judge that his place on the jury is causing him problems when speaking to prospective employers.

Judge Ring asked him to give a commitment to come back on June 2, but said the court would not stand in his way if he had to start a new job.

Mr FitzPatrick (66), of Greystones, Co Wicklow, pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the Companies Act, 1990. These include 21 charges of making a misleading, false or deceptive statement to auditors and six of furnishing false information.

The charges are in connection with the disclosure of loans allegedly given to him or people connected to him by Irish Nationwide Building Society from 2002 to 2007 while he was an officer of Anglo.

Mr FitzPatrick is accused of failing to disclose to Anglo's auditors the true amount of loans to him or people connected with him.

The prosecution claims he authorised arrangements to ensure that the balance of those loans would be reduced or appear to be reduced at the end of the bank's financial year and failed to tell the auditors about those arrangements.

He is also accused of failing to tell the auditors about arrangements between Anglo and Irish Nationwide Building Society in connection with loans to him by the latter.

He is further accused of producing financial statements about the value of loans to Anglo's directors that failed to include the true amounts outstanding by him to the bank.

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