Irish pair found not guilty of rape

Irish pair found not guilty of rape

Irish pair found not guilty of rape

I want to start by thanking the judge and jury for their time and patience throughout this long trial.

All four defendants in the Belfast rape trial have been found not guilty.

Speaking outside the trial, Paddy Jackson's solicitor welcomed what he described as a "common sense verdict of not guilty to all counts".

Meanwhile, the IRFU said both Jackson and Olding will remain suspended until a review committee has determined its findings.

Pictured (Center) Paddy Jackson making a statement outside Laganside Courts in Belfast this afternoon, after he and fellow Rugby player Stuart Olding were declared not guilty of raping a 19-year-old student in June 2016. Judge Patricia Smyth said: "The jury has found you not guilty".

Under cross-examination, Jackson repeatedly denied he had forced the woman and that she had followed him to his bedroom on two separate occasions for consensual sexual activity.

He added that he was sorry for any hurt caused to the woman, adding: "It was never my intention to cause any upset to anyone on that night".

I have consistently told the truth to the police and the court when asked to account for my conduct.

It also noted differences between the court system in Ireland and in Northern Ireland. I want to thank these officers and staff for their hard work and commitment.

Ms. Hillman refuted a suggestion by Paddy Jackson's lawyers that the prosecution had been driven by the fact he is a famous sportsman: "We carry out all investigations regardless of background or status".

"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.

"She was named on social media sites contrary to the trial, contrary to her legal entitlement".

The Stuart Olding who has been portrayed over the past nine weeks in this trial is not the real Stuart Olding.

O'Kane paid tribute to the "courage and determination of the complainant and her family".

"IRFU and Ulster Rugby officials will review the matter, in line with existing procedures for all contracted players".

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