Two people who named Jackson and Olding complainant on social media could be charged
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Two people who named Jackson and Olding complainant on social media could be charged

TWO people who identified a woman who alleged she was assaulted by former Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding could be charged.

The pair were found not guilty in March of rape following a nine-week trial.

The complainant was entitled to anonymity but her identity was leaked online.

Now BBC NI reports that two men who named the woman on social media could face prosecution.

Police have questioned the pair in relation to an offence under section five of the Sexual Offences Amendment Act 1992.

Officers are now discussing with the Public Prosecution Service the possibility of pressing charges.

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A police spokesman told BBC NI: “Two files have been forwarded to the Public Prosecution Service for consideration.”

It is an offence in Northern Ireland to name the complainant in a rape trial.

Speaking after Jackson and Olding were unanimously acquitted, PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman said the force would pursue people who named the woman online, which contravenes her legal right to anonymity.

“Any breach of this entitlement is and will be investigated,” said DCS Hilman.

Jackson and Olding joined French clubs Perpignan and Brive respectively after their contracts were revoked by Ulster Rugby and the IRFU.