PADDY JACKSON’S LAWYER pointed out to the court the underwear that accused Jackson of rape.
In the last weeks since the Belfast trial, a defense lawyer asked the Cork jury to consider the 17-year-old complainant wearing a lace front skirt and putting on a thong at night.
Rugby player Padi Jackson was acquitted earlier this year for allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman at Jackson’s home in June 2016.
Speaking of the RTÉ documentary No. 1 – Commentary on the Belfast rape trial, Padi Jackson’s QC Brandon Kelly said that if he didn’t, it would be wrong.
“Because it may be a confusion between blood and blood sources, clothes must be introduced.”
In the trial at Belfast, the woman said she had placed her underwear in her bag before leaving Jackson’s home. Kelly believes that it is necessary to question the witnesses where the blood comes from, because this is related to the severity of sexual intercourse and consent.
“If the lawyer does not hand the clothes to the witness, the judge and the official will question the entire lawyer, we will certainly criticize the issue to the jury, but the complainant has no chance to answer them.”
The rape trial at the Cork Circuit Criminal Court triggered Irish protests and sparked controversy surrounding consent, and defense lawyers asked the jury to consider how teenagers wore it:
“There is evidence that she is attracted to the accused and is willing to meet someone and be with someone,” Elizabeth O’Connell said in court.
After commenting on Cork’s rape trial, TD Ruth Coppinger brought a lace thong into Dáil to protest against the use of them as evidence in court cases.
The RTÉ documentary aired today reviewed the most important case of the year. It includes detailed information about the woman at the test center and indicates that she continues to file a lawsuit in one of the courts after providing evidence.
“She is there, but she can’t see it. I fix it every morning and listen to the suit in the next room.”
Jackson’s lawyers say that a vulnerable witness can choose to provide evidence from behind the screen or in a pre-recorded interview.
He said: “But the more times you cancel the complainant, the less real it is.”
“[After, I remember] realized that the acquittal release rate soared because it didn’t look real.”