Fraud trial abandoned

Crime story
Crime story

THE fraud trial of a former boss of defunct Wigan retail giant JJB Sports has been abandoned due to his ill health.

Sir David Jones, who was chief executive of the firm between 2009 and 2010, suffers from Parkinson’s disease and the court had been told this affects his movements and his ability to concentrate.

Jurors at Leeds Crown Court were told last week of how Sir David borrowed £1.5m from JJB founder Dave Whelan at a time when he was heavily in debt.

He forged a bank statement to conceal the loan - plus another of the same amount from Sports Direct chief Mike Ashley - causing JJB’s board to give misleading statements on the financial markets, the prosecution alleges.

Sir David, of Ilkley, West Yorkshire, denies two charges of making a misleading statement, contrary to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, and one of using a false instrument, contrary to the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

His son, Stuart Jones, denies one charge of aiding and abetting his father’s use of a false instrument.

As a result of the decision to discharge the jury today, a new trial date was set for February 2015.