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Ex-JJB Sports boss Sir David Jones's trial abandoned 'due to ill health'

Sir David Jones and his son Stuart arriving at court
Sir David Jones and his son Stuart Jones were on trial at Leeds Crown Court

The fraud trial of the former JJB Sports executive chairman has been abandoned due to his ill health.

Retail mogul Sir David Jones, 71, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, was accused of forging a bank statement to disguise one £1.5m loan.

He denied two charges of making a misleading statement to the market and one of using a false instrument.

Judge Guy Kearl QC told a jury at Leeds Crown Court the case was to be abandoned "for the time being".

The businessman has Parkinson's Disease and at the beginning of the trial on 15 April the court heard this affects his movements and his ability to concentrate.

His son Stuart Jones, 39, of Bingley, West Yorkshire, also denied one charge of aiding and abetting his father's use of a false instrument.

A new trial date has been set for February 2015.

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