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A Commonwealth Games swimmer accused of raping a girl after his fellow swimmer had sex with her has told a jury she was "flirtatious" with him before they had consensual sex. Otto Putland, 24, who represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, is on trial at Cardiff Crown…
Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservatives have come under fire over the “abhorrent rape clause” one year after the controversial welfare reform was brought in. SNP and Labour politicians urged the Tories to rethink their support for the policy, branding it “despicable” and “absolutely heart-breaking”. It was established as part…
Rugby star Paddy Jackson has said he is ashamed the woman who accused him of rape left his home distressed and has apologised for betraying the values of his family. Jackson, 26, and his Ireland and Ulster teammate Stuart Olding, 25, were unanimously acquitted in Belfast Crown Court last week…
A woman allegedly raped by a Commonwealth Games swimmer has told a court he came into the room and started taking his clothes off moments after she had consensual sex with his friend, another top swimmer. Otto Putland (pictured), 24, who represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,…
A police force has been fined £130,000 for losing disks containing a video interview with an alleged rape victim. Humberside Police was handed the six-figure penalty by the Information Commissioner's Office after a bundle containing sensitive details went missing. An investigation by the watchdog revealed that three disks and accompanying…
A legal challenge to overturn reporting restrictions on the rape trial of two Ireland rugby internationals will go before a judge next week. Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, has said legal arguments should be put before trial Judge Patricia Smyth on April 9. Sir Declan, who was…
Stuart Olding has apologised for the hurt caused to the woman who had accused him of rape. In a statement, read by his solicitor outside Belfast Crown Court after his acquittal, the Ireland and Ulster rugby star also expressed regret and told of his relief that he had been believed.…
One of the women who won a landmark ruling over the decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys said she fought the case because she does not want others to go through the same ordeal. The woman, who can only be identified as DSD, said she was "absolutely thrilled"…
The outgoing chairman of the Parole Board said there are "very troubling questions" about the body's independence after he was forced to quit over the John Worboys case. Professor Nick Hardwick was told his position was "untenable" after two victims of the serial sex offender won a High Court challenge…
High Court judges who overturned a decision to release black cab rapist John Worboys from prison said a number of "striking features" of his case "give rise to concern". They said his change of position from denial to admitting the sex attacks was a "dramatic volte face" which came after…
Ireland rugby internationals Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been acquitted of rape after a nine-week trial. The pair had always denied raping the same woman at a house in south Belfast in June 2016. Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, was also found not guilty of sexual assault.…
An attempt to grant a man acquitted of rape anonymity in a civil case brought by his alleged victim has been rejected. Stephen Coxen, from Bury in Lancashire, is being sued for £100,000 in damages by a woman he was alleged to have raped in St Andrews in 2013. Coxen,…
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