Irish rugby internationals cleared of rape and sexual assault charges

29 March, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Rugby rape trail: Judge tells jurors 'only verdict I can accept is unanimous one'

"To that end we want to thank the learned trial judge for her management of this trial in the face of an onslaught of toxic content particularly on Twitter", he said.

All four defendants in the Belfast rugby rape trial have been acquitted of all charges against them.

Mr Jackson's solicitor, Joe McVeigh, said...

His friend and co-accused Blane McIlroy was acquitted of exposure while the fourth man charged Rory Harrison left court having been acquitted of trying to cover up what was alleged to have happened.

In a statement following the verdict, the IRFU and Ulster Rugby said both Jackson and Olding will remain suspended until a review is completed.

Ireland rugby internationals Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were found not guilty by a Belfast court on Wednesday of raping the same woman at a party in Jackson's home in 2016 after an eight-week trial.

Judge Smyth then directed the jury to find him not guilty.


'I don't agree with her perception of events and I maintain that everything that happen that evening was consensual.

I am sorry for the hurt that was caused to the complainant.

Following the verdict, many people announced they would be donating to rape crisis centres in Northern Ireland. I want to thank these officers and staff for their hard work and commitment. We say that it is this very status as a famous sportsman that drove the decision to prosecute in the first place.

"Courage and determination " Marianne O'Kane, head of the Public Prosecution Service's (PPS) serious crime unit addresses the media in Belfast, 28-03-2018.

He went on: "Several days of this trial were lost due to problems thrown up by the intrusive infection of the process by social media".

Harrison told the jury he did not try and cover up the woman, and that, "Patrick Jackson is the last person in the world who would rape someone".

"To respect the judicial proceedings, the IRFU and Ulster Rugby postponed any internal review of the matter with the players, until the proceedings concluded".

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