Stars re­leased pend­ing po­lice re­port

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID YOUNG news@sun­

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL rugby stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Old­ing have been quizzed by po­lice in con­nec­tion with a num­ber of al­leged sex­ual of­fences.

Jackson and Old­ing were two of three men arrested and in­ter­viewed by po­lice in re­la­tion to al­leged in­ci­dents in south Belfast.

All three men were re­leased pend­ing a po­lice re­port.

The al­leged of­fences and ar­rests hap­pened in June but de­tails have only now emerged.

A state­ment from Ul­ster Rugby made clear the men main­tain their in­no­cence.

It said: “Paddy Jackson and Stuart Old­ing have been as­sist­ing the Po­lice Ser­vice of North­ern Ire­land with in­quiries.

“The play­ers deny any wrong­do­ing and have not been charged with any of­fence. As no charges have been brought for­ward, it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment fur­ther.”

A sep­a­rate state­ment from Jackson’s lawyers said: “He re­jects com­pletely any al­le­ga­tions made against him. Pa­trick has co-op­er­ated fully with po­lice in their in­quiries and we have been li­ais­ing with po­lice on his be­half.


“We are both dis­ap­pointed and in­deed con­cerned that this information has been leaked to the press be­fore the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has con­cluded and well in ad­vance of any fi­nal de­ci­sion.

“This has the po­ten­tial to be prej­u­di­cial to our client’s in­ter­ests.

“We will not hes­i­tate to take all nec­es­sary steps to pro­tect his le­gal po­si­tion as he is en­ti­tled to the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence. We urge the me­dia to re­strain from any dam­ag­ing spec­u­la­tion.”

Jackson was not in­cluded in Ire­land’s 27-man squad trav­el­ling to Chicago to play New Zealand on Satur­day. The Ir­ish Rugby Football Union said the fly-half was left out of the party for “per­sonal rea­sons”.

Old­ing is out of ac­tion with a hip in­jury. Jackson, 24, has been capped for Ire­land 16 times while cen­tre Old­ing, 23, has played four times.

The two Belfast men are es­tab­lished stars for Ul­ster Rugby and have both played reg­u­larly this sea­son.

The PSNI said: “Po­lice arrested two men aged 24 and one man aged 23 on Thurs­day, June 30, in re­la­tion to a num­ber of sex­ual of­fences, re­ported to have taken place at a prop­erty in south Belfast on June 28.

“The men have been in­ter­viewed and re­leased.”

DE­NIAL: Stuart Old­ing

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