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WATCH: Paddy Jackson's lawyer - 'There was vile commentary on social media'

Paddy Jackson's legal representative Joe McVeigh, read a detailed statement, which included criticism of the police investigation and also much of the commentary of the trial on social media.

"Paddy and his parents have paid a heavy price, personally, professionally and financially," Mr McVeigh said.

"This was paid despite the fact that he has never been anything other than entirely innocent."

He referred to "vile commentary expressed on social media" which he said "has polluted this sphere of public discourse and raised real concerns about the integrity of the trial process".

The priority for his client, Paddy Jackson, now is to return to work, he added.

"That means getting back on the rugby pitch," Mr McVeigh said.


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