Ex-JJB boss’ fraud jury sent out

Former JJB Sports chief executive Christopher Ronnie
Former JJB Sports chief executive Christopher Ronnie

A JURY has been sent out to consider its verdicts in the trial of a former JJB Sports chief executive who is accused of being part of a £1m fraud.

Christopher Ronnie, 52, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, is accused of receiving three payments from two sporting goods companies and failing to declare them to JJB’s board of directors.

As the jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court retired to consider its verdicts, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith told them: “The central question to you the jury is why was Christopher Ronnie paid those sums of money?

“Was there something to cover-up?”

He suggested that “of course you must look at all the details, that is something that has to be done” and added “as a whole context is important in a case such as this”.

The prosecution, which is being brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), allege that Ronnie and a second defendant, David Ball, falsified information about his assets and liabilities over loans he owed to an Icelandic Bank from when he bought shares in JJB Sports.

Ball and a third man, David Barrington - who both worked for two firms supplying stock to JJB Sports - are also accused of covering up a series of emails relating to the loans.

The SFO has been investigating the case since 2009.