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Jury in Sean FitzPatrick trial returns to court today to hear evidence

Sean FitzPatrick has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act.

Sean FitzPatrick, the former chairman and one-time chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank.
Sean FitzPatrick, the former chairman and one-time chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank.
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THE JURY IN the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick on charges of misleading the bank’s auditors about millions of euro in loans will return today.

The jurors are expected to begin to hear evidence after being sent away for almost two weeks.

Last month a specially enlarged jury panel of 15 had been sworn at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for the trial, which is expected to run for three months.

At the time, Judge John Aylmer asked the jury if there is any reason “why you cannot act on this jury” and reminded the panel that they must approach the case “with absolute impartiality”.

The jurors confirmed they were all willing to serve, a forewoman was elected and the jury was put in charge with each of the 27 allegations on the indictment being read out to the them.

Background 

Mr FitzPatrick (68) of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow is accused of failing to disclose to the bank’s auditor Ernst and Young the details of director’s loans he received from Anglo between November 2002 and February 2008.

He pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act.

These include 22 charges of making a misleading, false or deceptive statement to auditors and five charges of furnishing false information in the years 2002 to 2007.

The judge said when the trial resumes before the jurors the counsel for the State, Dominic McGinn SC, would open the case “during which, I have no doubt, that lengthy and rather daunting indictment will be explained to you”.

“It’s an awful lot to digest listening to 27 counts being read out so don’t worry if you didn’t get a note on all of them,” Judge Aylmer continued.

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