Leeds crown court has thrown out a defence claim by Stuart Jones, the son of former former JJB executive chairman Sir David Jones, which sought to end trial proceedings over his father’s £3m fraud.
The court ruled that an abuse of process had not taken place after charges against his father were abandoned last April due to his ill health and a charge of aiding and abetting the use of a forged bank statement to hide the loans was bought against Stuart Jones in its place.
Stuart Jones pleaded not guilty at a hearing yesterday, meaning a trial will now begin. If found guilty, he could face a custodial sentence.
The original loans to Sir David Jones involved two separate payments; £1.5m from JJB founder Dave Whelan and a further £1.5m from Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.
The Serious Fraud Office told Drapers it expects proceedings to last around two weeks.