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Brian Lawless/PA Wire Sean FitzPatrick outside the court today

Judge tells Anglo jury: It's ok if you reach a majority verdict

The jury has been deliberating since Friday afternoon.

THE JUDGE AT the trial of three former executives of Anglo Irish Bank has told the jury that they are allowed to reach a majority verdict, rather than a unanimous one.

The jury has been deliberating since Friday afternoon in the trial of Sean FitzPatrick, the former CEO and chairman of Anglo; Pat Whelan, the former MD of lending in Ireland; and Willie McAteer, the former chief risk officer and finance director of the bank.

This afternoon, Judge Martin Nolan told the twelve members of the jury that they could reach a verdict if they agreed by 10 votes to 2 on any of the charges.

The jury is deliberating over a total of 42 charges against the three men: 16 each against Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer, and ten against Sean FitzPatrick.

The three are accused of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – to buy shares in the flailing bank in 2008. All three have pleaded not guilty.

The jury is continuing its deliberations.

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