Belfast Telegraph

Two Irish rugby stars cleared of rape

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted by a jury at Belfast Crown Court after a nine-week trial.

Two Ireland rugby internationals have been acquitted of rape after a nine-week trial.

Paddy Jackson and team-mate Stuart Olding had always denied raping the same woman at a house in south Belfast in June 2016.

Jackson was also found not guilty of sexual assault, a charge he also denied.

The jury of eight men and three women at Belfast Crown Court returned its unanimous verdict after deliberating for a total of three hours and 45 minutes.

The foreman answered “yes” when asked by a court clerk if the 11-member panel had reached a verdict on which they were all agreed.

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