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Thomas Byrne found guilty of 50 charges in fraud trial

The jury came to its decision after 17 hours and 29 minutes of deliberations.

Former solicitor Thomas Byrne.
Former solicitor Thomas Byrne.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Updated 9.08pm

FORMER SOLICITOR THOMAS Byrne has been found guilty of 50 charges in the country’s largest ever fraud trial.

The 47-year-old has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced at another hearing on 2 December.

The jury arrived at their decision after 17 hours and 29 minutes of deliberations.

Judge Pat McCartan presided over the six-week-long trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. At today’s short hearing, he praised the jury for their dedication and attention throughout the 29 days of proceedings.

He described the trial as a “unique case”.

Byrne had denied the 50 charges of theft, fraud, deception and forgery. The offences involved some €52 million, six banks and 12 properties in Dublin.

The charges detailed how he transferred the homes of his clients into his name and used them to obtain property loans.


The Courts of Criminal Justice, Parkgate Street [Image: Daragh Brophy]

Additional reporting Sinéad O’Carroll

First published 12.48pm

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