#IBelieveHer trending following rugby rape trial verdict

Nick Sanchez
March 29, 2018

Ulster duo Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been found not guilty of rape.

Ireland rugby internationals Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are found not guilty of raping a woman in June 2016.

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

All four defendants, including Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison, were found not guilty of all charges.

"There is no room in society for tolerance of sexual crime".

The PSNI has announced that it is to investigate the naming of the Belfast rape complainant on social media.

Speaking outside court after the verdicts were delivered, Stuart Olding said he was "very relieved" the jury accepted his version of what happened in the early hours of June 28th 2016.

"We will continue to work hard to improve outcomes for offences of rape and sexual assault working in collaboration with the Public Prosecution Service and other partners". Mr. Olding was cleared of forcing the woman to perform oral sex on him.

She was one of several women who had come to his house after meeting the men in a Belfast nightclub a day after they had returned from Ireland's tour of South Africa, he told the court.

Jackson's lawyer, Joe McVeigh, hit out at what he called "the flood of misinformed, misconceived and malicious content on the internet" about the trial, adding the judge had faced an "onslaught of toxic contempt, particularly on Twitter".

"Out of respect to my employers, I've nothing further to comment".

The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and Ulster will make a decision on the futures of Jackson and Olding after conducting a review.

"We wish to acknowledge that this has undoubtedly been a hard and extremely traumatic time for all involved", the organisations said in a statement.

Following the verdict, many people announced they would be donating to rape crisis centres in Northern Ireland.

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

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