Thursday, 29 March 2018

Not Guilty

I've refrained, so far, from commenting on the rape trial of Ulster and Ireland players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, the matter being sub judice after all.

Now that the Not Guilty verdicts are in, however, I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

Clearly there was insufficient evidence to convict, but equally there was obviously enough to bring charges and the fact that the trial lasted eight-and-a-half weeks suggests that there was certainly a case to answer.

However you look at it, the behaviour of Jackson and Olding (and the other other men charged in connection with the incident) doesn't look great and quite rightly the players remain relieved of all duties until a review into the incident by IRFU and Ulster Rugby is concluded.


Peter Franklin said...

I agree, as is often the case the fact that they have been found not guilty simply means that there isn't enough evidence (beyond reasonable doubt) to convict, rather than evidence to show they are innocent. So a possibly wronged woman doesn't get the justice she deserves, or the innocent defendants will forever be tarred with the fact that they were investigated and stood trial for the charges. No winners.

TotalFlanker said...

I see both Ireland and Ulster have now taken the decision to terminate the two players' contracts. It will be interesting to see where they both now end up...