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Ireland rugby stars Olding and Jackon rape trial on track, says judge judge

By Cate McCurry

A judge has said that the rape trial of Ulster and Ireland rugby stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding is set to finish within its timescale, despite several delays.

Judge Patricia Smyth yesterday adjourned the case, now in its fifth week, because a juror was sick.

Addressing the jury of nine men and three women, Judge Smith said: "We have a very clear picture of what work is remaining.

"We are on track to finish within the timescale."

Belfast Crown Court heard that the trial is expected to finish in three weeks.

Speaking yesterday, Judge Smyth added: "I am confident we can return tomorrow."

Mr Jackson (26), from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, and his teammate Stuart Olding (24) deny raping the same woman at Mr Jackson's house in Belfast on June 28, 2016.

Mr Jackson denies a further charge of sexual assault.

The trial continues.

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