Retrial in case of Tykes boss

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Three businessmen accused of helping the owner of Barnsley FC make millions by concocting a ‘fairytale’ allegedly to deceive the stock market are facing a retrial.

Former iSoft Group directors Stephen Graham, aged 48, Timothy Whiston, 44, and John Whelan, 45, deny plotting with Tykes boss Patrick Cryne, 62, to create ‘huge discrepancies’ in the firm’s publicly published accounts to mislead investors.

But after a trial lasting more than three-and-a-half-months jurors at Southwark Crown Court failed to reach verdicts. A date for the retrial has been fixed for September 7.

Cryne, of Charlesworth, Glossop, did not stand trial, having ‘become unwell’ since proceedings began against the four men.