Jury in Thomas Byrne trial sent home

Wednesday 13 November 2013 22.04
Former solicitor Thomas Byrne denies the charges
Former solicitor Thomas Byrne denies the charges

The jury in the trial of Thomas Byrne has been sent home for a third night after deliberating for more than 11 hours over three days.

The jury is considering its verdicts on 50 theft, fraud, forgery and deception charges against the former solicitor.

It will resume in the morning.

Earlier today, Judge Pat McCartan told the jury he would accept a majority verdict on any or all of the charges.

Mr Byrne denies the charges, which involve the fraudulent use of 12 properties belonging to clients as security for loans of almost €52m from six different banks.

Mr Byrne claims his clients consented to the transfers.

He also claims the loans were taken out under duress as his life was threatened by his business partner, property developer John Kelly.