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Report Recommends Banning Public From Rape Trials In The North

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

7:36 AM - 9 May 2019



A new report recommends banning the public from rape trials in Northern Ireland.

The review by retired judge John Gillen was ordered in the wake of a trial in Belfast last year, in which rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape.

Mr Gillen has said he is in favour of "confining access to trials of serious sexual offences to officers of the court, persons directly concerned in the proceedings, bona fide representatives of the press, a parent, relative or friend of the complainant".

As well as stopping the public from attending trials, he says new laws should also be brought in to manage the "dangers" from social media.

he recommendations have been finalised after an initial report in November - when John Gillen explained why the changes are needed, 'I've spoken to a number of complainants and one of the perfectly understandable concerns that they have is that they are giving the most intimate personal details of these alleged offences under the cruel gaze of the public'.

Image: Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding at Laganside Courts in Belfast. The pair were acquitted of rape last year.

 



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