Businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr has pleaded not guilty at the Special Criminal Court to charges of false imprisonment and perversion of justice. 

Mr Mansfield Jnr, 53, of Garters Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin, is charged with conspiring with one or more persons to falsely imprison Martin Byrne on a date unknown between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2015.

He is also charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by directing Patrick Byrne to destroy recorded CCTV footage, with the alleged intention of perverting the course of public justice in relation to the false imprisonment of Martin Byrne at Finnstown House Hotel, Newcastle Road, Lucan, Co Dublin between 9 and 12 June 2015.

Shane Costelloe SC on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions said there were substantive disclosure issues to be dealt with and asked the non-jury court to adjourn Mr Mansfield Jnr's trial until Tuesday. 

Presiding judge Mr Justice Alexander Owens, sitting with Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge James Faughnan, agreed to this request and remanded Mr Mansfield Jnr on continuing bail to appear before the court again on Tuesday morning.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.

The non-jury court vacated Mr Mansfield's trial date last April over concerns related to the availability of certain witnesses during the Covid-19 crisis.

His trial was pushed back a number of months until today due to complications with certain witnesses arising out of the pandemic.

He was previously admitted to bail on an independent surety of €10,000 and subject to a number of conditions, including the requirement to sign on once a week at Lucan Garda Station between 9am and 9pm and not to leave the country.

In December 2019, Mr Mansfield Jnr was granted legal aid after the Special Criminal Court heard that he had a €6 million judgment against him.