Belfast Telegraph

Delay to ex-bank chairman's trial

The jury in the trial of the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank over alleged failures to disclose bank loans has been told to return to the court next Wednesday.

Sean Fitzpatrick, 66, of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, has been charged with 27 counts of failing to detail the true value of borrowings by him or people connected to him from Irish Nationwide Building Society.

He was the chairman of Anglo from 2005-2008.

More than three weeks since the case began at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, jurors were told to return on May 13.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring told them an illness had caused serious difficulties for the planned timetable of the trial.

"We are still in a position where the jury is not required. We are in a position, as I indicated at the outset there are unforeseen matters, an illness that's caused further difficulty," she said.

"It's not just lawyers speaking that takes too long."

The jury were asked on Tuesday to consider if they had any family, work or leisure commitments that may interfere with their ability to hear the case into June due to the delays following legal argument.

The judge asked them to be prepared to return to the court next week.

"At the moment I will say optimistically May 13 but don't turn your phones off in the meantime," she said.

Mr Fitzpatrick, who was in court, was charged under the Companies Act and pleaded not guilty.

The jury was empanelled in mid-April and the trial had been due to run until the end of May.


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