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 Stuart Olding leaves court in Belfast on March 28th  after being found not quilty of a charge of rape. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The judge who presided over the trial of Stuart Olding has been urged to refuse an application made on behalf of the former Ireland and Ulster rugby p(...)

Krystal Alana Anderson, (27), of Glenwood Park, Dummurry, pleaded guilty in June this year to a charge of perverting the course of justice. Photograph via Instagram

A woman who made a false complaint of rape has been sentenced to two years on probation after a judge in Belfast said she needed assistance for her me(...)

A 2016 Eurobarometer survey showed that 11 per cent of Irish respondents believed that being drunk or on drugs may make having sexual intercourse without consent justified.

Irish judges should receive guidelines on how to warn rape juries about prejudicial stereotypes of rape complainants, a leading expert has said. Oth(...)

Jim McCafferty (72) was told in court what  he had considered ‘a bit of fun’ had had a significant impact on his victim. Photograph: PA

A former Celtic Football Club youth coach has been jailed for three years and nine months after admitting eight counts of sexual assault. Jim McCaffe(...)

Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial two months ago.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nearly two months on from the end of the trial that saw Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding acquitted of raping a 19-year-old Belfast woman, it no longer (...)

Former Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson: he was unanimously acquitted in Belfast Crown Court of raping a woman. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former Ireland and Ulster Rugby player Paddy Jackson has paid an “enormous” cost despite being acquitted of rape in March, a Belfast court has been to(...)

 Paddy Jackson leaving  Laganside Magistrates court on March 15th. Photograph: Pacemaker.

A media application to lift reporting restrictions on the rape trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding will be heard on Wednesday. Following the com(...)

Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape last week.

Northern Ireland’s Lord Chief Justice has ordered that a media application to lift reporting restrictions on the rape trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuar(...)

Judge Patricia Smyth refused to hear an application by a solicitor acting for The Irish Times and others seeking the lifting of the restrictions. Photograph: Frank Miller

Following the not guilty verdicts in the rape trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, several media organisations applied for permission to report (...)

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson (left) with his solicitor Joe McVeigh outside Belfast Crown Court after he was found not guilty of raping a woman. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland and Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been acquitted of raping a 19-year-old Belfast student, following less than four(...)

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