Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Promoter denies ‘plan to deceive’

Concert promoter Eamonn McCann yesterday denied his fake claim about having cancer was a deliberate plan to get a business associate to buy him out.

Mr McCann agreed he told fellow promoter, Denis Desmond of MCD, he had a rare blood cancer and had five years to live, the Republic’s High Court has heard.

Under cross-examination from Michael McDowell SC, for Mr Desmond, the Northern Irish music events mogul denied it was part of a plan of “deception”.

Mr McCann was giving evidence on the third day of the hearing of a dispute between the two men over a June 2006 agreement in which it was proposed Mr Desmond would buy Mr McCann's share of their alleged partnership.

But, Mr McCann alleges he was unable to find out what was due to him because Mr Desmond had not kept the accounts and income as a separate account but instead permitted those funds to be used by his MCD companies.

Mr Desmond denies the claims and says their relationship was not a partnership but at best a joint venture. The case continues.

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