Trial of former Anglo chief David Drumm adjourned for two weeks

Jury members told not to consult Twitter or Facebook or conduct own research

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm arrives at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm arrives at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

 

The trial of the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm has been adjourned for two weeks to deal with legal arguments.

Mr Drumm (51), with an address in Skerries, Co Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with former bank officials Denis Casey, William McAteer, John Bowe and others to defraud depositors and investors at Anglo by “dishonestly” creating the impression that deposits in 2008 were €7.2 billion larger than they were.

He has also pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making use of an account on December 3rd, 2008 to furnish information to the market that Anglo’s 2008 deposits were €7.2 billion larger than they were for the financial period.

On Thursday, Judge Karen O’Connor warned the 15 members of the enlarged jury panel that they must not consult social media or conduct their own research on the case.

Earlier, a further seven jurors were sworn in to replace jurors who had stated in court that they were now no longer able to commit to the trial.

She told them not to talk to anyone or communicate electronically by using text messaging, Twitter or Facebook to ensure a fair process in the trial.