March 28, 2018 / 11:36 AM / 24 days ago

Ireland rugby internationals Jackson, Olding found not guilty of rape

BELFAST, March 28 (Reuters) - Ireland rugby internationals Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were found not guilty by a Belfast court on Wednesday of raping the same woman at a party in Jackson’s home in 2016 after an eight-week trial.

Ulster flyhalf Jackson, 26, was also found not guilty on a separate charge of sexual assault after the jury deliberated for 3 hours and 45 minutes. Two other men who faced charges in connection with the same incident were acquitted.

Neither of the players, who have represented their country a combined 29 times, have played at club or national level since they were charged in July last year. (Reporting by Amanda Ferguson Editing by Padraic Halpin and Raissa Kasolowsky)

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