Well-wishers raised more than £4,000 to send a daily delivery of flowers to the complainant, it can now be revealed.
The money was donated via a crowdfunding page set up under the title 'Solidarity Flowers to Belfast'. At the start of the third week of the trial defence lawyer Brendan Kelly QC informed Judge Smyth he had been informed the page had been set up to send the flowers, care of Crown barrister Toby Hedworth QC. He said this could cause a great deal of distress and asked that nothing be reported that "would encourage this sort of incredulous behaviour".
Judge Smyth asked the members of the Press present that they do not report any details of any deliveries. 'Solidarity Flowers to Belfast' raised a total of €5,035 (£4,394) but stopped after their first delivery of yellow flowers to Belfast Crown Court.
The fundraisers later said that all money raised above €100 would be split between charities Women's Aid NI and Nexus.