Updated: 29/03/18 : 05:37:29
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PSNI investigate naming on social media of woman at centre of Belfast rape trial

Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hillman has said the complainant in the trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding was illegally named by some people online.

"I would like to pay tribute to the young woman, who had the resolve and confidence to come forward and put her faith in the police and criminal justice process," she said.

"She was named on social media sites contrary to the trial, contrary to her legal entitlement.

"Any breach of this entitlement is and will be investigated."

Ms Hilman said police had seen a rise in reports of rape during the trial, compared with the January/February period last year.

She refuted a suggestion made by Jackson's lawyers that the prosecution had been driven by the fact he is a famous sportsman.

Ms Hilman said: "We carry out all investigations regardless of background or status."