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JJB Sports PLC: Two men charged

8 February, 2013 | News Releases

Today, two men appeared before Leeds Magistrates’ Court in response to a summons in connection with forgery and misleading statements made to the market by JJB Sports Plc in 2009.

Sir David Charles Jones (70) of Ilkley, West Yorkshire was the Executive Chairman of JJB Sports Plc between January 2009 and January 2010. He is charged with:

  • Two offences of making a misleading statement, contrary to s397(1)(b) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000;
  • One offence of using a false instrument, contrary to s3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Stuart Mark Jones (38) of Bingley, West Yorkshire is the son of Sir David Jones and was employed as Head of Marketing at JJB Sports plc in February 2009. He is charged with:

  • One offence of aiding and abetting Sir David Jones’s use of a false instrument, contrary to s3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Both defendants were released on unconditional bail.  Proceedings are to be transferred to a Crown Court for 19 April 2013. Notes for editors:

  1. The matter concerning today’s hearing is separate to that announced on 4 April 2012 regarding criminal proceedings against Christopher Ronnie and David Patrick Ball.  It was discovered during a review of material obtained in that enquiry. press release
  2. The trial date for Christopher Ronnie and David Patrick Ball is 9 September 2013 at Southwark Crown Court.
  3. As proceedings are now underway, the strict liability rule in the Contempt of Court Act 1981 now applies.

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