Rape claim ‘de­stroyed’ star Old­ing’s rep­u­ta­tion, court is told

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEIGH McDON­ALD

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

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