A trial of justice and reporting that produced no real winners
The marathon case in Belfast Crown Court was a challenge for everyone present, writes Ashleigh McDonald
I have been reporting crime, and its many consequences, in the North of Ireland for more than 20 years.
A majority of my career has been spent as a court reporter, and from that privileged position, I have covered hundreds of cases. What I have never previously experienced is the unprecedented level of attention the high profile 'rugby rape' case in Belfast attracted - both in the media and among the general public.
There were many other 'firsts' during this mammoth nine-and-a-half week trial.