Rape claim ‘destroyed’ star Olding’s reputation, court is told
FORMER Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding “suffered a huge financial detriment” defending himself in a trial which lasted almost 10 weeks, a court heard yesterday.
The rugby player’s legal team made an application for part of his legal costs to be reimbursed, in front of trial judge Patricia Smyth at Belfast Crown Court.
A similar application has already been mounted by co-accused Paddy Jackson, with the decision pending.
Mr Olding (25), formerly of Ardenlee Street in Belfast, was acquitted of a charge of oral rape following a mammoth trial held earlier this year.
HeandMr Jackson were charged with raping a 19-yearold student in the bedroom of Mr Jackson’s south Belfast home following a night out in the VIP section of Ollie’s nightclub in June 2016. Both were cleared.
Following the acquittal in March this year, Mr Olding (below) signed a two-year deal with French side Brive in May after his contract with Ulster and Ireland was revoked.
Telling the court that as a result of the trial Mr Olding lost his career here, was unable to work in this country and had to leave his family and friends to seek work outside Ireland, his barrister argued that his defence costs should be retrieved.
Frank O’Donoghue QC spoke of the devastating financial