Rugby rape trial adjourned for a day after juror falls ill

No evidence is being heard in Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rape trial today because a juror is unwell.

Paddy Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, and Stuart Olding, 24, from Ardenlee Street, Belfast, deny raping the woman at a party in Jackson's home on June 28, 2016.

Jackson also denies a further charge of sexual assault.

Two other men are also charged in connection with the incident. Blane McIlroy, 26, from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, denies exposure and Rory Harrison, 25, from Manse Road, Belfast, denies perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

The jurors have been hearing medical and forensic evidence over the past few days and were today due to begin hearing transcripts and recordings of the police interviews conducted with the four men following their arrests.

However, it was brought to Judge Patricia Smyth’s attention this morning that one of the jurors is unwell so no witnesses were called.

The court is dealing with some legal issues in the jury’s absence and it is hoped the trial will be in a position to resume tomorrow morning.

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