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Rugby rape trial panel wasn’t shown photos of blood marks on bed sheets

The blood

By Cate McCurry

Photographs of blood marks on Paddy Jackson's bed sheets were not shown in front of the jury, it can now be reported.

Some of the blood found on the duvet cover were connected to the complainant, while other blood - not related to the trial - was discovered on the bed covers.

Judge Patricia Smyth asked the barristers if there was a possibility of "airbrushing" the blood marks out of the photographs.

The defence and prosecution agreed to this.

One of the legal arguments that emerged in the third week of the trial had centred around photographs of Mr Jackson's house, in particular his bedroom. A request was made to remove three photographs of the bedroom from the bundle of evidence that was to be shown to the jury.

Prosecution barrister Toby Hedworth told the judge they were "sympathetic of the concerns of the defence" regarding the showing of blood-staining on the bed.

"We'd submit, if one knows where to look, that one might be able to discern slight marks on the relevant areas," he conceded.

Mr Hedworth went on to argue that it was important the members of the jury got to see what the bedroom looked like around the time of the incident.

Mr Jackson's defence barrister had said at the time that the "other blood could cause prejudice to the trial".

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