Sean Fitz­patrick trial will in­volve over 24 mil­lion doc­u­ments of ev­i­dence

Bray People - - NEWS -

FORMER An­glo Ir­ish Bank Chair Sean Fitz­patrick and two other ex-direc­tors will face trial from Jan­uary 13, 2014.

The trial of Fitz­patrick, along with Wil­liam McA­teer and Pat Whe­lan could run for over three months and in­volves 24 mil­lion doc­u­ments in ev­i­dence.

The three men have been charged with 16 counts of pro­vid­ing un­law­ful fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to in­di­vid­u­als in July 2008 to buy shares in the bank.

Af­ter hear­ing that there will in­evitably be is­sues with the dis­clo­sure of ev­i­dence, Judge Mary Ellen Ring fixed a trial date for the first day of term in 2014.

She also gave Mr Fitz­patrick, of Whit­shed Road, Greystones, Mr McA­teer of Auburn Vil­las, Rath­gar and Mr Whe­lan of Coast Road, Malahide a fur­ther men­tion date of March 6 next to deal with any mat­ters aris­ing. She re­manded them on con­tin­u­ing bail on the ex­ist­ing terms and con­di­tions.

Úna Ní Raifeartaigh SC, pros­e­cut­ing, told Judge Ring sit­ting at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court that the dis­clo­sure of ev­i­dence to the de­fence was con­tin­u­ing. She said it was lengthy and com­plex and could take months and it was not sim­ply a ques­tion of pro­vid­ing the de­fence with the doc­u­ments but that it was nec­es­sary to give the de­fence an op­por­tu­nity to ab­sorb them. Bren­dan Gre­han, de­fend­ing Mr Whe­lan, said that there are over 24 mil­lion doc­u­ments to be con­sid­ered as part of the State's in­ves­ti­ga­tion and he said that is­sues will in­evitably arise as part of this. He said that the trial is likely to run for three months or more.

Ms Ní Raifeartaigh asked the court to ap­point a des­ig­nated judge to deal with pre­trial ap­pli­ca­tions in re­spect of dis­clo­sure is­sues. She said that un­der the cir­cum­stances it would be very use­ful.

Judge Ring told the court that if the dis­clo­sure of ev­i­dence couldn't be com­pleted in a year that there was some­thing wrong with the sys­tem and set the trial date for Jan­uary 13, 2014.

Sean Fitz­patrick on the golf course at Druid’s Glen last year.

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