Jury begins second day of deliberations in trial of ex-Anglo executives

Jurors given list of 545 exhibits opened in 76-day trial

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The jury in the trial of four ex-bankers accused of conspiring to mislead people about Anglo Irish Bank’s health has begun its second day of deliberations.

The charge is denied by former Anglo executives Willie McAteer and John Bowe as well as Denis Casey and Peter Fitzpatrick – formerly of Irish Life & Permanent.

The four former bankers are accused of engaging in what the State believes was a dishonest scheme to make Anglo’s corporate deposits look €7.2bn healthier than they were in 2008.

This morning, the jurors were given a list of the 545 exhibits opened during the 76-day trial. They were also given two laptops and two memory sticks to assist them with their deliberations, which are now in their second day.

The jurors must first decide if the scheme was dishonest.

If they’re not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that it was, then they’ve been told they must acquit.

But if they all decide it was, then they must move on to consider the allegations made against the four defendants.

All four men deny the charge.