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No charges for juror over rugby rape trial comments

Charges will not be brought against a juror in the trial of rugby stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding who posted online comments after the pair were acquitted
 

A juror who made comments online about the rape trial of former Ireland rugby stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding will not face charges.

The juror posted several comments about the trial after Mr Jackson and Mr Olding were acquitted.

Two other men facing lesser charges were also acquitted.

Initially the matter was referred to Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan by the Public Prosecution Service.

He then passed the matter on the Attorney General John Larkin.

Attorney General John Larkin

A spokeswoman for the Lord Chief Justice told The Irish Times last night that the “attorney general has decided not to institute proceedings for contempt against the juror”.

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The juror made the remarks on Broadsheet.ie hours after the unanimous not guilty verdicts were delivered.

The juror later said they believed they had posted anything relating to the jury’s deliberations and had broken no laws.

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