A new jury was sworn in yesterday in the trial of David Drumm, the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank.
Judge Karen O’Connor discharged the former jury after a difficulty arose that made it impossible for one juror to continue to serve, and thanked them for their attendance at Dublin circuit criminal court.
Mr Drumm, 51, of Skerries, Co Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to conspiring with the former bank officials Denis Casey, William McAteer, John Bowe and others to defraud depositors and investors at the bank by creating the impression that deposits in 2008 were €7.2 billion larger than they were. He has also pleaded not guilty to false accounting.
Under the juries act, an expanded 15-member jury can be empanelled if a trial is expected to last more than two months. The judge said that Mr Drumm’s trial would last five months. It took two hours to swear in the eight men and seven women. Four jurors were discharged after taking the oath.
Earlier the judge warned that a person must not serve on the jury if they had ever been employed by or held shares in Anglo, Irish Life & Permanent, Irish Life Assurance or Irish Life Investment Managers. She said that they must not serve if they had strong views about the bank or if they had expressed anything to do with it, bankers or the banking crisis on social media.
The judge also warned that any research conducted online might collapse the trial at enormous expense. She told the jurors that they were not allowed to use the internet, communicate electronically or talk to anyone outside the jury room about the case.
The trial continues before the judge this morning.