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Son of former JJB executive chairman to stand trial

Stuart Jones, son of former JJB executive chairman Sir David Jones, will stand trial today accused of helping his father forge a bank statement to hide a £1.5m loan.

Jones, who was head of marketing at the sportswear business, is charged with aiding and abetting the use of a false instrument, contrary to the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. The trial will take place at Leeds Crown Court.

The trial of David Jones was abandoned last April due to his ill health. He had denied two charges of making a misleading statement, contrary to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, and one charge of using a false instrument.

According to The Guardian, Stuart Jones wants to have his trial quashed as he claims it is an abuse of process to try him now that his father is not being prosecuted. If the judge rejects Jones’s argument, the trial is expected to last a maximum of two weeks.

In December, Chris Ronnie, the former chief executive of JJB, was sentenced to four years in prison for a £1m fraud at JJB in 2008. Ronnie took three large loans from suppliers of JJB and failed to declare them to the JJB board.

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