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Ex-Barclays Trader Called ‘Average’ as Lawyer Seeks Separation

  • Mathew not ‘brilliant man,’ his lawyer says in closing speech
  • Jury has a ‘deadly serious task’ to decide Mathew’s fate

The lawyer for former Barclays Plc trader Jonathan Mathew said his client only had “average intelligence" and asked jurors to separate him from better educated co-defendants accused of manipulating benchmark rates.

“Truth be told, Jonathan Mathew is no mathematical genius, he’s not a brilliant man, nor was he cherry picked by Barclays" from a premier school, the lawyer, Bill Clegg, said in his closing argument Thursday in London. “The danger is you just lump him in with the others."