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Trial Collapses Again

Friday July 19 2013

Patrick Cryne Patrick Cryne

A TRIAL involving Barnsley Football Club's owner has collapsed.

The retrial of Timothy Whiston, 45, and fellow executives Stephen Graham, 49, and John Whelan, 46, who are accused of forging a multi-million euro contract to supply the Health Service Executive (HSE) in order to mislead investors, has been discharged by the judge.

The three, along with Barnsley FC owner Patrick Cryne, 62, are said to have deliberately included revenue from software contracts with the Irish health system, which had yet to be received, in the published accounts of healthcare provider iSoft - transforming losses into profit.

Cryne was excused from legal proceedings due to ill health but Whiston, Graham and Whelan have been on trial since April at Southwark Crown Court in London, accused of making false statements to the markets about their firm.

But the latest three-month trial collapsed after Judge Anthony Leonard QC discharged the jury for reasons which cannot be reported.

Prosecutors are now considering whether to ask for a third trial.

The drama comes after more than three years of legal wrangling. The former directors, including Cryne, stood trial last year, but the jury failed to reach a verdict after a costly three-and-a-half month trial.

The collapse of this re-trial comes after months of hearings, just as barristers were preparing to make their closing speeches.

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Reply Posted by anon 1 on Friday July 19 2013 at 16:37
Don't think the case has been dropped, sounds more like something has come to light with some one on the jury.

Reply Posted by Mark on Friday July 19 2013 at 17:19
Cryne has not yet appeared in court. The current case, which has just collapsed, for an unknown reason, involved three of his junior colleagues.

Reply Posted by SKINT on Saturday July 20 2013 at 23:47
if he was american they would call him DONALD TRUMP

Reply Posted by ALI on Saturday July 20 2013 at 23:48