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JJB Sports (Sir D Jones & S Jones)

Sir David Jones, former executive chairman of JJB Sports Plc (“JJB”) and his son Stuart Mark Jones, former Head of Marketing at JJB, appeared before Leeds Magistrates’ Court in June 2013 as a result of a Serious Fraud Office investigation into the company. They appeared in response to a summons in connection with forgery and misleading statements made to the market by JJB in 2009.

An initial trial date of 31 March 2014 was moved to 14 April 2014 before being abandoned for a time due to Sir David’s ill health. In December 2014, the Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP, at the request of the SFO, entered a nolle prosequi in respect of Sir David, due to his continuing ill health. The effect of the nolle prosequi was the indefinite cessation of the proceedings against Sir David.

The trial of Stuart Jones began on 9 March 2015 at Leeds Crown Court. He was found not guilty of one count of aiding and abetting the use of a false instrument, contrary to Section 3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. The matters in the case against these two defendants were not related to those investigated in relation to Christopher Ronnie, David Patrick Ball and David Barrington but were discovered during a review of material obtained in that investigation.

Defendants

Sir David Jones
Two offences of making a misleading statement, contrary to Section 397(1)(b) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

One offence of using a false instrument, contrary to Section 3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981
Stuart Jones
One offence of aiding and abetting Sir David Jones’s use of a false instrument, contrary to Section 3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981

Outcome of criminal case

Stuart Jones, was found not guilty of one count of aiding and abetting the use of a false instrument, contrary to Section 3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. On 9 December 2015, a nolle prosequi was entered in the case of Sir David Jones. This means that proceedings have ceased indefinitely against Sir David Jones

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