Sean Fitzpatrick trial will involve over 24 million documents of evidence
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.