WATCH: Paddy Jackson Issues Statement After Being Found Not Guilty Of Rape
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Paddy Jackson along with his Ulster teammate Stuart Olding and their two friends were today acquitted of a number of charges including rape and sexual assault.
The jury reached a unanimous verdict after three hours and 45 minutes of deliberation.
Jackson has since been speaking to the media, and released the following brief statement:
“I’d just like to thank the judge for giving me a fair trial.” Jackson said.
“And my parents for being here every day, as well as my brothers and sisters.”
“I’d like to thank my barristers…”
“Out of respect to my employers, I’ve nothing further to comment.”
Statement from Paddy Jackson outside the Belfast court pic.twitter.com/vTXfar4OfT
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 28, 2018
Ulster Rugby and the IRFU have also released the following statement:
“The IRFU and Ulster Rugby note the verdict handed down today at the Belfast Crown Court in relation to the case brought against Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. We wish to acknowledge that this has undoubtedly been a difficult and extremely traumatic time for all involved.
To respect the judicial proceedings the IRFU and Ulster Rugby postponed any internal review of the matter with the players, until the proceedings concluded.
IRFU and Ulster Rugby officials will review the matter, in line with existing procedures for all contracted players. A Review Committee, made up of senior representatives of the IRFU and Ulster Rugby, has been appointed and will conclude its review as soon as practicable. The players will continue to be relieved of all duties while the Review Committee is in process and determining its findings.”