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Dublin solicitor found guilty of 50m euro (£42m) fraud charges

Former solicitor Thomas Byrne
Image caption Thomas Byrne faced charges of theft relating to mortgage funds, deception and using false instruments

A former solicitor has been found guilty of over 50 charges in the Republic of Ireland's largest ever fraud trial.

Thomas Byrne, 47, of Aungier Street, Dublin, was charged over property transactions between 2004 and 2007.

The jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court returned their unanimous verdicts after deliberating from last Monday.

Byrne, who ran a solicitor's practice in Walkinstown in south west Dublin, will be sentenced on 2 December.

The judge told the jury it was "unique" in how it handled the trial, having fulfilled its duty for 29 days.

Byrne faced charges of theft relating to mortgage funds, deception and using false instruments.

The charges related to residential properties in Dorset Street, Crumlin, Clondalkin and south Dublin and relate to six banks including Anglo Irish Bank and Bank of Scotland Ireland.