Sean Fitzpatrick seeks to adjourn trial following Anglo sentencing

Former bank chairman says ‘cascade of sludge’ visited on his head

 Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Sean FitzPatrick outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last year. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Sean FitzPatrick outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last year. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

 

Lawyers for former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick want to adjourn his upcoming trial because of recent publicity surrounding the trial of three ex-Anglo officials.

Bernard Condon SC, defending, told the court he was “concerned” about the trial date in October this year because of its proximity to the trial of the former officials, which concluded this week.

On Friday, Mr Condon submitted to Judge Martin Nolan in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that “a cascade of sludge” was visited on the head of Mr FitzPatrick (66) during that trial.

Paul O’Higgins SC, prosecuting, submitted that the publicity did not render Mr FitzPatrick’s upcoming trial “incapable of going on”.

Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the matter until Thursday next week when he will decide on whether to postpone Mr FitzPatrick’s trial.