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16th Jul 2018

RTÉ to air documentary on the trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding

Carl Kinsella

Rugby trial

RTÉ are set to air a documentary on the trial that shook Ireland.

“Acquitted: The Rugby Rape Trial” will air on Thursday evening at 10:15pm and tell the story of the trial in Belfast of Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Rory Harrison and Blane McIlroy.

Jackson and Olding were charged with the rape of a 19 year old girl. McIlroy had been charged with exposure and Harrison had been charged with with perverting the course of justice, and of withholding information.

The trial saw the acquittal of all four men on March 28, including the former Ireland rugby players Jackson and Olding. The verdict also led to major protests throughout the country.

The description of the documentary on the RTÉ One website simply says “A look back at the nine-week trial of Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, along with Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison at Belfast Crown Court.”

The programme will last for 35 minutes, according to RTÉ.

Rugby trial