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Sean FitzPatrick outside the court today
Sean FitzPatrick outside the court today
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Judge tells Anglo jury: It's ok if you reach a majority verdict

The jury has been deliberating since Friday afternoon.
Apr 16th 2014, 4:42 PM 7,892 0

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.

Read: Anglo jury to begin deliberations for a fourth day > 

Read: Anglo trial hears Seán FitzPatrick regretted ‘not being more involved’ in Maple Ten deal > 

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