On Wednesday, 28th March our client Patrick Jackson was unanimously acquitted by a jury at Belfast Crown Court on unsubstantiated charges.


During the course of the trial our client and his co-accused regularly sought the protection of the court against the prejudicial excesses of social media.


Despite Wednesday’s resounding declaration Patrick now finds himself resorting to the Civil Courts in order to seek protective action.


Regrettably, KRW LAW has had no option but to issue Notice of Intention to sue Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin for defamatory comments made by him in the immediate aftermath of the jury’s verdict.


Speaking this morning, Senior Associate Marie Hans of KRW LAW solicitors said: “I can confirm we have issued pre-action libel correspondence against a named Senator in the Republic of Ireland. The legal action relates to a tweet sent to a number of other persons before it was eventually taken down.‘’


She added: “We will not hesitate to repeat similar legal action against anyone, who deliberately or otherwise, sees fit to attack our client. We are examining carefully every item of social media commentary which seeks to challenge the integrity of the jury’s full endorsement of our client’s innocence. High court proceedings will issue shortly in both Belfast and Dublin ‘’