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Northern Ireland's Justice Department is expected to launch a review of how serious sexual offences are addressed. Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were cleared of rape following a nine-week trial that ended last month. Victims groups have sought a review of the criminal justice system.…
Politicians from across Northern Ireland's political divide have rallied behind a DUP Assembly member who has spoken out about sustained social media abuse over her appearance. Carla Lockhart said while she had grown immune to the constant slurs she had decided to go public after a particularly intense spate of…
Rugby star Paddy Jackson has said he is ashamed the woman who accused him of rape left his home distressed and has apologised for betraying the values of his family. Jackson, 26, and his Ireland and Ulster teammate Stuart Olding, 25, were unanimously acquitted in Belfast Crown Court last week…
A legal challenge to overturn reporting restrictions on the rape trial of two Ireland rugby internationals will go before a judge next week. Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, has said legal arguments should be put before trial Judge Patricia Smyth on April 9. Sir Declan, who was…
Islamic representatives in Northern Ireland have welcomed Ian Paisley's apology for retweeting a controversial remark on Ramadan by right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins. Members of the Belfast Islamic Centre said they have contacted the North Antrim MP to seek clarity on his position on Ms Hopkins' comment. They also welcomed a…
A Belfast-made TV show starring a child with autism has been snapped up transatlantic broadcasters. Pablo, a live action and 2D animation series written and produced by Paper Owl Films, has been bought by US network Universal Kids and Canada's public broadcaster CBC. The show, which has already aired on…
Stuart Olding has apologised for the hurt caused to the woman who had accused him of rape. In a statement, read by his solicitor outside Belfast Crown Court after his acquittal, the Ireland and Ulster rugby star also expressed regret and told of his relief that he had been believed.…
Ireland rugby internationals Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been acquitted of rape after a nine-week trial. The pair had always denied raping the same woman at a house in south Belfast in June 2016. Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, was also found not guilty of sexual assault.…
A scheme to let people find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has begun in Northern Ireland. The Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme means the public has the 'right to ask' the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to investigate if they are potentially at…
Parallel Westminster bills calling for same sex marriage in Northern Ireland represent the biggest step in the ongoing campaign to lift the ban, activists have said. Identical private members' bills will be tabled in the Lords and Commons this week, one by a Conservative peer and the other by a…
Jurors at the rape trial of two Irish rugby internationals could be sent out to deliberate on their verdict on Tuesday, a court has heard. Judge Patricia Smyth told the eight men and three women she was approaching the end of her summing up at Belfast Crown Court. She said…
A woman who wanted a family court judge in Northern Ireland to make decisions about the future of her nine-year-old son because she had flitted has lost a legal fight. The woman and the boy's father separated eight years ago and have been arguing over living arrangements in family courts…
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