8 February 2013
Sir David Jones, former executive chairman of JJB Sports Plc ("JJB") and his son Stuart Mark Jones who was employed as Head of Marketing at JJB appeared before Leeds Magistrates' Court in response to a summons in connection with forgery and misleading statements made to the market in 2009 by the company. See today's press release for fuller details. The case will be transferred from the Magistrates' Court to Leeds Crown Court on 19 April 2013 after which a date for first appearance will be set.
The matters in the case against these two defendants are not connected to those investigated in relation to Christopher Ronnie and David Patrick Ball but were discovered during a review of material obtained in that investigation. Consequently the court proceedings against both sets of defendants are separate.
Update 15 December 2014
The Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, at the request of the SFO, has entered a nolle prosequi in the case against Sir David Jones, due to the defendant's continuing ill health. The effect of the nolle prosequi is the indefinite cessation of the proceedings against Sir David.
The SFO today explained the matter during a hearing at the Crown Court at Leeds. The trial of Sir David's co-defendant Stuart Jones is scheduled to begin at the Crown Court at Leeds on 9 March 2015.
Update 22 April 2014
The trial of Sir David Jones has been abandoned for the time being due to ill health. A new trial date of 23 February 2015 has been set for both defendants.
Update 14 February 2014
The trial for Sir David Jones and Stuart Jones will now commence on 14 April 2014 at Leeds Crown Court. The pre-trial review will now take place at Leeds Crown Court on 14 March 2014.
Update 17 December 2013
A pre-trial review will take place at Leeds CC on 11 February 2014.
Update as at 12 December 2013
At the Plea and Case Management Hearing on 10 December 2013, Stuart Jones pleaded not guilty at Leeds Crown Court.
Update as at 27 November 2013
The Plea and Case Management hearing for Stuart Jones has been brought forward to 10 December 2013 at Leeds Crown Court.
Update as at 20 November 2013
The Plea and Case Management hearing for Stuart Jones has been postponed to 12 December 2013 at Leeds Crown Court.
Update as at 21 October 2013
At the Plea and Case Management Hearing on 18 October 2013 Sir David Jones pleaded not guilty to all charges. Stuart Jones will enter a plea on 15 November 2013 at a venue to be confirmed. The trial will commence on 31 March 2014 at Leeds Crown Court.
Update as at 5 August 2013
The plea and case management hearing will now take place on 18 October 2013 at Leeds Crown Court.
Update as at 9 July 2013
The plea and case management hearing will now take place in November 2013. A precise date has yet to be set by the Court.
Update as at 28 June 2013
The first Crown Court appearance took place at Leeds Crown Court on 28 June 2013. The defendants were not required to enter pleas. A plea and case management hearing has been scheduled for 3 September 2013. A provisional trial date of 31 March 2013 was set.
Update as at 6 June 2013
The hearing at Leeds Crown Court has been brought forward to 26 June 2013.
Update as at 2 May 2013
The first appearance at Leeds Crown Court has now been scheduled for 27 June 2013.