The trial of JJB Sports’ former executive chairman Sir David Jones for making false statements has been abandoned due to his ill health.

Jones, who suffers from Parkinson’s, has been accused of making false statements to the market in relation to two £1.5m loans.

The 71-year-old has denied two charges of making a misleading statement to the market and one of using a false instrument.

Judge Guy Kearl QC told a jury at Leeds Crown Court the case was to be abandoned “for the time being”, according to BBC News.

At the beginning of the trial on April 15 the court heard his illness affects his movements and his ability to concentrate.

Jones’ son Stuart Jones, also denied one charge of aiding and abetting his father’s use of a false instrument.

A new trial date has been set for February 2015.