FitzPatrick unlikely to face loans trial until end of 2014
I cannot for the life of me understand why all the charges that are being brought against him are not put to him in a single trial. After all, the alleged offences took place in the same organisation.The 64-year-old is facing a total of 12 charges in connection with alleged financial irregularities at the bank over a six-year period. He has yet to enter a plea.
Mr FitzPatrick appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday for the first time on these charges after being sent forward from the District Court earlier this month.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring was told that Mr FitzPatrick was "ultimately" likely to take a trial date.
She told the court that this will probably be towards the end of 2014.
This is so a period of 'fade' can take place following the accused's trial on separate matters in early 2014.
PS: I am not speculating as to whether or not he committed the offences he has been charged with.