New report recommends banning public from rape trials in North

 

A new report's recommended banning the public from rape trials in Northern Ireland.

The review by retired judge John Gillen was ordered in the wake of a trial in Belfast last year, in which rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape.

As well as stopping the public from attending trials, he says new laws should also be brought in to manage the "dangers" from social media.

The recommendations have been finalised after an initial report in November - when John Gillen explained why the changes are needed: