Change in law required for rape trials - Paisley

29 March 2018

Ian Paisley MP

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Ian Paisley

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said,

“It is clear now- more  than it has ever been - that a change to the law is required for rape trials. No party should be identified in advance of the verdict and only then when there is a guilty verdict.

The notoriety caused by such publicity has a negative impact on the process of justice and lasting consequences for those involved.

I understand those who say that publicity can bring about more evidence especially in predictor cases but I believe that publicity after a guilty verdict can have the same effect.

I will be raising this matter in Parliament.”

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