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Friday 14 December, 2018

Case by Jackson and Olding to recover legal costs dismissed by judge in Belfast
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# Courts

Case by Jackson and Olding to recover legal costs dismissed by judge in Belfast

Dec 14th 2018, 4:53 PM 28,063 Views 0 Comments

Neither men were in court for today’s ruling.

Monday 22 October, 2018

Belfast man jailed for leaving neighbour's dead body in her home for two years and buying pizza with her bank card
# Unlawful
# Unlawful

Belfast man jailed for leaving neighbour's dead body in her home for two years and buying pizza with her bank card

Oct 22nd 2018, 2:13 PM 49,307 Views 33 Comments

Robert Sharkey was handed a two-year sentence at Belfast Crown Court.

Friday 12 October, 2018

Stuart Olding 'suffered huge financial detriment' after rugby rape trial

Stuart Olding 'suffered huge financial detriment' after rugby rape trial

Oct 12th 2018, 6:29 PM 48,047 Views 0 Comments

Olding was acquitted on the charge of oral rape following the trial. Paddy Jackson was also acquitted of the charges against him.

Monday 13 August, 2018

Former Celtic kitman sentenced for sexually abusing teenager
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Former Celtic kitman sentenced for sexually abusing teenager

Aug 13th 2018, 3:34 PM 9,986 Views 2 Comments

The court heard the offending has had a “significant impact” on the victim, who was aged between 14 and 16 when he was indecently assaulted by McCafferty.

Friday 18 May, 2018

Court hears Paddy Jackson has paid 'an enormous price' despite rape acquittal
# Legal Aid
# Legal Aid

Court hears Paddy Jackson has paid 'an enormous price' despite rape acquittal

May 18th 2018, 6:26 PM 68,775 Views 0 Comments

As an application was made at Belfast Crown Court to award Jackson his legal costs following the ‘not guilty’.

Thursday 12 April, 2018

Court to hear application to cover Paddy Jackson's £100k legal bill
# Belfast
# Belfast

Court to hear application to cover Paddy Jackson's £100k legal bill

Apr 12th 2018, 12:28 PM 33,348 Views 0 Comments

Jackson privately funded his defence, but he is now seeking to retrieve this money.

Wednesday 11 April, 2018

Blood-stained sheets, a pornographic gif and a tweet: Legal arguments in the rugby rape trial
# Rugby Rape Trial
# Rugby Rape Trial

Blood-stained sheets, a pornographic gif and a tweet: Legal arguments in the rugby rape trial

Apr 11th 2018, 4:41 PM 87,094 Views 0 Comments

The restriction imposed at the beginning of the trial was lifted today as the jury can no longer be prejudiced.

Monday 9 April, 2018

Judge in rugby rape trial to hear arguments over lifting reporting restrictions on case
# Belfast
# Belfast

Judge in rugby rape trial to hear arguments over lifting reporting restrictions on case

Apr 9th 2018, 3:26 PM 22,124 Views 0 Comments

The media were banned from reporting on anything said in the absence of the jury since the start of the trial.

Wednesday 28 March, 2018

Rugby rape trial: All four defendants found not guilty on all charges
# Belfast
# Belfast

Rugby rape trial: All four defendants found not guilty on all charges

Mar 28th 2018, 12:31 PM 257,525 Views 0 Comments

The jury gave their verdict at Belfast Crown Court today.

Tuesday 27 March, 2018

Jury in rugby rape trial will continue deliberating on charges tomorrow
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Jury in rugby rape trial will continue deliberating on charges tomorrow

Mar 27th 2018, 4:10 PM 47,350 Views 0 Comments

The judge told the jury to take into account the good characters of all four defendants and the inconsistencies in their stories.

Monday 26 March, 2018

'A woman is entitled to say no': Jury hears more closing remarks from judge in rugby rape trial
# Belfast
# Belfast

'A woman is entitled to say no': Jury hears more closing remarks from judge in rugby rape trial

Mar 26th 2018, 5:29 PM 65,251 Views 0 Comments

Judge Patricia Smyth also said the witnesses’ lapses in memory may be down to alcohol consumption.

Friday 23 March, 2018

Rugby rape trial jury told 'morals of any person involved are completely irrelevant'
# Courts
# Courts

Rugby rape trial jury told 'morals of any person involved are completely irrelevant'

Mar 23rd 2018, 5:10 PM 50,937 Views 0 Comments

The trial will enter its ninth week at Belfast Crown Court on Monday, when the jury will begin its deliberations.

Thursday 22 March, 2018

Rory Harrison's barrister says he's 'not a weasel' but a 'decent guy' in closing arguments
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Rory Harrison's barrister says he's 'not a weasel' but a 'decent guy' in closing arguments

Mar 22nd 2018, 4:07 PM 21,122 Views 0 Comments

Harrison’s barrister’s address to the jury earlier today marked the final stage of the trial ahead of Judge Patricia Smyth’s charge.

Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Belfast rape trial hears that those accused are 'braggarts, not rapists'
# Closing Statements
# Closing Statements

Belfast rape trial hears that those accused are 'braggarts, not rapists'

Mar 21st 2018, 8:45 PM 66,350 Views 0 Comments

Closing arguments are being heard in the trial of Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy, and Rory Harrison.

Friday 16 March, 2018

'A shambles': Paddy Jackson's barrister criticises police investigation as he makes closing statement
# Closing Statement
# Closing Statement

'A shambles': Paddy Jackson's barrister criticises police investigation as he makes closing statement

Mar 16th 2018, 2:54 PM 63,543 Views 0 Comments

Brendan Kelly said Jackson’s life had been “blighted” by the poor quality of evidence.

Thursday 15 March, 2018

What happened in Paddy Jackson's home was 'a throwback to the days of male entitlement', jury told
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

What happened in Paddy Jackson's home was 'a throwback to the days of male entitlement', jury told

Mar 15th 2018, 6:09 PM 88,521 Views 0 Comments

The prosecution has been summing up its case to the jury.

Monday 12 March, 2018

Rory Harrison accused of being 'delegated' to look after distressed woman after alleged rape
# Rugby Rape Trial
# Rugby Rape Trial

Rory Harrison accused of being 'delegated' to look after distressed woman after alleged rape

Mar 12th 2018, 6:15 PM 49,824 Views 0 Comments

Rory Harrison was also accused of displaying “misguided loyalty” to his friends.

Saturday 10 March, 2018

Paddy Jackson would be the 'last person in the world to rape someone', court hears
# Rape Trial
# Rape Trial

Paddy Jackson would be the 'last person in the world to rape someone', court hears

Mar 10th 2018, 2:34 PM 49,267 Views 0 Comments

The court heard from Rory Harrison, who is accused of withholding information, today.

Friday 9 March, 2018

'Any possibility of a threesome?' - Blane McIlroy tells rape trial of 4am text to Paddy Jackson
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

'Any possibility of a threesome?' - Blane McIlroy tells rape trial of 4am text to Paddy Jackson

Mar 9th 2018, 5:45 PM 115,785 Views 0 Comments

McIlroy (26) denies a count of exposure.

Thursday 8 March, 2018

Stuart Olding says 'everything that happened that night was completely consensual'
# Rugby Rape Trial
# Rugby Rape Trial

Stuart Olding says 'everything that happened that night was completely consensual'

Mar 8th 2018, 5:55 PM 70,257 Views 0 Comments

Olding has denied forcing a woman to perform oral sex on him.

Wednesday 7 March, 2018

Paddy Jackson said he would have 'freaked out' if he knew a woman left his house in tears
# Rape Trial
# Rape Trial

Paddy Jackson said he would have 'freaked out' if he knew a woman left his house in tears

Mar 7th 2018, 5:46 PM 65,466 Views 0 Comments

The rugby player denies raping a young woman.

Thursday 1 March, 2018

Rape trial: Police could not locate Stuart Olding's clothes as he "was not told his house was being searched"
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Rape trial: Police could not locate Stuart Olding's clothes as he "was not told his house was being searched"

Mar 1st 2018, 4:55 PM 87,043 Views 0 Comments

A DC from the PSNI’s Rape Crime Unit was on the stand today.

Wednesday 28 February, 2018

'She is causing so much trouble for the lads' - jury hears of text messages between Belfast rape trial accused
# Rugby Rape Trial
# Rugby Rape Trial

'She is causing so much trouble for the lads' - jury hears of text messages between Belfast rape trial accused

Feb 28th 2018, 5:34 PM 94,808 Views 0 Comments

The mobile messages of Stuart Olding, Rory Harrison, and Blane McIlroy were perused today at Belfast Crown Court.

Tuesday 27 February, 2018

'She never once said stop' - jury hears three men charged in Belfast rugby rape trial deny accusations
# Rape Trial
# Rape Trial

'She never once said stop' - jury hears three men charged in Belfast rugby rape trial deny accusations

Feb 27th 2018, 6:37 PM 111,337 Views 0 Comments

The jury heard details of police interviews today.

Friday 23 February, 2018

Paddy Jackson: 'She didn't have to stay. She could have left if she wanted but she didn't'
# Rape Trial
# Rape Trial

Paddy Jackson: 'She didn't have to stay. She could have left if she wanted but she didn't'

Feb 23rd 2018, 2:55 PM 79,769 Views 0 Comments

Statements given by Jackson and Olding after their arrest were read out in court today.

Tuesday 20 February, 2018

Doctor at rape trial: 'Not possible' to tell if injuries caused by consensual or non-consensual sex
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Doctor at rape trial: 'Not possible' to tell if injuries caused by consensual or non-consensual sex

Feb 20th 2018, 6:33 PM 115,337 Views 0 Comments

The court also heard from a policeman from the rape crisis unit.

Friday 16 February, 2018

Rugby rape trial: Rory Harrison told police alleged victim was 'fixated on' Paddy Jackson
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Rugby rape trial: Rory Harrison told police alleged victim was 'fixated on' Paddy Jackson

Feb 16th 2018, 3:46 PM 84,660 Views 0 Comments

Judge Patricia Smyth told jurors not to discuss the trial over the weekend.

Wednesday 14 February, 2018

Alleged rugby rape victim was 'crying and sobbing' in taxi, court hears
# Court
# Court

Alleged rugby rape victim was 'crying and sobbing' in taxi, court hears

Feb 14th 2018, 4:45 PM 65,883 Views 0 Comments

The driver says when police contact him, he knew “straight away” what it was about.

Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Paddy Jackson denied that 'threesome' took place morning after alleged incident, court hears
# Rugby Rape Case
# Rugby Rape Case

Paddy Jackson denied that 'threesome' took place morning after alleged incident, court hears

Feb 13th 2018, 5:30 PM 125,360 Views 0 Comments

A number of women who attended the party in Jackson’s home today took the stand at his and Stuart Olding’s trial in Belfast.

Monday 12 February, 2018

Rugby rape case: Alleged victim denies she 'had sex with a number of men' after going to home uninvited
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Rugby rape case: Alleged victim denies she 'had sex with a number of men' after going to home uninvited

Feb 12th 2018, 6:07 PM 154,028 Views 0 Comments

“No-one remembers exact moments from a night out. You can’t be expected to remember each thing you have done.”

Friday 9 February, 2018

Jury taken to Paddy Jackson's home to scene of alleged rape
# Rape Trial
# Rape Trial

Jury taken to Paddy Jackson's home to scene of alleged rape

Feb 9th 2018, 2:16 PM 52,611 Views 0 Comments

The jury were taken in two groups of six to Jackson’s bedroom.

Thursday 8 February, 2018

Alleged rape victim says she has 'no complaint' with the man accused of withholding information
# Court
# Court

Alleged rape victim says she has 'no complaint' with the man accused of withholding information

Feb 8th 2018, 1:28 PM 67,034 Views 0 Comments

The young woman faced cross examination from the defence again today.

Wednesday 7 February, 2018

'I was raped. I don't think I can make myself more clear': Alleged victim continues evidence in court
# Ulster
# Ulster

'I was raped. I don't think I can make myself more clear': Alleged victim continues evidence in court

Feb 7th 2018, 4:50 PM 98,202 Views 0 Comments

The young woman faced cross examination from the defence again today.

Monday 5 February, 2018

Rape trial: Woman tells court 'you cannot underestimate how scared you are in those situations'
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Rape trial: Woman tells court 'you cannot underestimate how scared you are in those situations'

Feb 5th 2018, 2:36 PM 102,359 Views 0 Comments

Today is the fourth day that she has been in the witness box.

Rory Best was directed to attend rape trial by senior counsel
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# Courts

Rory Best was directed to attend rape trial by senior counsel

Feb 5th 2018, 2:21 PM 35,796 Views 0 Comments

The judge in the case clarified the situation today.

Friday 2 February, 2018

Rape trial: Woman asked if she 'watered down' her prior knowledge of rugby players
# Belfast
# Belfast

Rape trial: Woman asked if she 'watered down' her prior knowledge of rugby players

Feb 2nd 2018, 4:12 PM 67,849 Views 0 Comments

The 21-year-old woman told the court she hadn’t diluted down her knowledge of rugby or the Ulster players.

Thursday 1 February, 2018

Alleged rape victim of Irish rugby stars told police that incident left her 'humiliated'
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Alleged rape victim of Irish rugby stars told police that incident left her 'humiliated'

Feb 1st 2018, 5:35 PM 92,251 Views 0 Comments

She was giving evidence for the second day at Belfast Crown Court.

Wednesday 31 January, 2018

Rape trial of rugby players hears alleged victim's 'fight instinct kicked in' when third man entered room
# Court
# Court

Rape trial of rugby players hears alleged victim's 'fight instinct kicked in' when third man entered room

Jan 31st 2018, 2:44 PM 167,451 Views 0 Comments

The woman, aged 19 at the time of the alleged attacks, lost her composure while recalling being in the home of Paddy Jackson for a party on 28 June 2016.

Tuesday 30 January, 2018

Irish rugby stars accused of rape 'boasted about sex on WhatsApp'
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Irish rugby stars accused of rape 'boasted about sex on WhatsApp'

Jan 30th 2018, 3:18 PM 146,376 Views 0 Comments

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are accused of raping the same woman in Belfast.

Monday 29 January, 2018

Jury sworn in for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding rape trial
# Belfast Crown Court
# Belfast Crown Court

Jury sworn in for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding rape trial

Jan 29th 2018, 6:09 PM 36,876 Views 0 Comments

The jury members were warned not to talk to anyone about the issues covered during the trial.

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