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Rugby rape trial verdicts: 'The real Stuart Olding was not on trial,' says Ulster rugby star

Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding apologised to the complainant in his rape trial for the hurt his actions had caused stressing he had not committed any criminal offence. He said the "real Stuart Olding" had not been portrayed during the case and he regretted the events of the night in question.

Mr Olding was found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old student in June 2016.

Solicitor Paul Dougan, reading a statement on behalf of Stuart Olding outside court, said: “I want to acknowledge publicly that although I committed no criminal offence on the evening of June 28, 2016, I regret deeply the events of that evening.

“I want to acknowledge that the complainant came to court and gave evidence about her perception of those events.

“I’m sorry for the hurt that was caused to the complainant. It was never my intention to cause any upset to anyone on that night.”

Mr Olding said he didn’t agree with the complainants perception of events and maintained that every that happened that evening was consensual.

The statement added: “The Stuart Olding that has been portrayed over the past nine weeks in this trial is not the real Stuart Olding.

“I’m fiercely proud to represent my province and my country.

"I have worked very hard to achieve those goals. I hope to be able to prove myself going forward in all aspects of my life.

"I would like to thank my legal team for their hard work and their belief in my throughout and finally to my family: thank you all for standing by me from the beginning.”

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