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Man Who Identified Woman In Belfast Rape Trial Set To Be Charged

By Jen

August 1, 2018 at 11:15am

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A man is set to appear in court after he allegedly identified the woman involved in the Belfast rape trial on social media.

He is due to be charged with breaching the anonymity of the complainant in the case involving Ulster and Ireland rugby players, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding as well as two others.

According to Independent.ie, the accused is due before the court at the end of the year.

He could face fines of up to €5,600 (£5,000) if convicted.

A Public Prosecution Service (PPS) spokesperson said: "After a careful consideration of all evidence, it has been decided to prosecute that person on one charge of breaching the lifetime ban on reporting the identity of an alleged victim.

Another person who was linked to the post was questioned by the PSNI but was ultimately not charged.

Under the Sexual Offences Amendment Act, complainants are entitled anonymity for life.

In March, Jackson and Olding were found not guilty of rape. Blane McIlroy who was accused of exposure and Rory Harrison who was charged with perverting the course of justice and withholding information were both found not guilty.

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