Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Paddy Jackson To Sue Senator Aodhan O'Riordain Over Tweet

Paddy Jackson To Sue Senator Aodhan O'Riordain Over Tweet

Paddy Jackson, 26, and Stuart Olding, 24, were acquitted of raping the same woman at a party in Jackson's south Belfast home in June 2016.

They also said they were told by the Lord Chief Justice's office to take down the comments and that they contacted, which then removed them.

A protest is being held at Dundalk courthouse at 1pm today to show solidarity with the woman at the centre of the Ulster Rugby rape trial.

The PSNI also said it was aware of the comments.

POLICE in the North have quizzed two people about alleged breaches of the complainant's right to anonymity in the Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding rugby rape trial.

"Two files have been forwarded to the Public Prosecution Service for consideration". They added: "The attorney general now has to decide if the juror was in contempt of court by posting online".

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Soon after the verdict was handed down Senator O'Riordain tweeted his reaction but the post was later deleted.

"We are examining carefully every item of social media commentary which seeks to challenge the integrity of the jury's full endorsement of our client's innocence".

'High court proceedings will issue shortly in both Belfast and Dublin'.

Sources say recent events have caused tension in the changing room at Kingspan, where numerous players remain devout Christians and are said to be concerned at the WhatsApp messages revealed during the trial.

Lawyers for the Ulster and Ireland rugby star Paddy Jackson have confirmed that they intend to sue a Labour senator, in relation to comments made on Twitter, following the acquittal of the four men earlier this week.

KRW Law released a statement yesterday to say they are monitoring social media closely and they won't hesitate to issue further legal actions.

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