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18th May 2018

Paddy Jackson applies for legal costs to be paid following Belfast rape trial

Jade Hayden

Paddy Jackson has applied for his legal costs to be awarded to him following the Belfast rape trial.

The rugby player is said to have incurred costs of more than £100,000 during the trial which lasted nine and a half weeks.

Jackson was found not guilty of rape during the trial in March.

RTE reports that an application was made to Belfast Crown Court today to have Jackson’s legal costs repaid following his not guilty verdict.

Brendan Kelly QC said that his client paid “… an enormous price for the events of that night, despite what we would say was a resounding acquittal.”

He also said that Jackson was “without employment and without an offer of employment” following the trial.

Toby Hedworth QC for the Public Prosecution Service opposed the application.

He said that the case was “not appropriate” for refund and that it was not the prosecution’s fault that Jackson was without employment.

Judge Patricia Smyth reserved judgement on the application but did not give a date due to the pressures of work.