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Eire rugby star Chris Farrell quits Munster after alleged rape case referred to French legal courtroom

The Eire worldwide stepped down from his involvement Munster Rugby after the instances towards him and 4 different gamers have been referred to a French legal courtroom on allegations {that a} younger girl had been raped.

following the announcement, Munster confirmed that heart Chris Farrell wouldn’t be concerned within the squad whereas the French authorized course of continued.

Mr Farrell, 29, shouldn’t be charged with rape however faces a cost of “failing to cease against the law”.

The Court docket of Enchantment in Bordeaux at the moment confirmed that three former FC Grenoble rugby gamers accused of rape in Merignac in 2017 have been referred to the Assizes Court docket of Gironde, a lot of French media reported.

The three are Irishman Denis Coulson (28), New Zealander Rory Grice (32) and Frenchman Loick Jammes (27). Mr Coulson performed skilled rugby for 3 French sides and Connacht throughout his profession. Most lately he has been enjoying membership rugby in Eire.

It was additionally reported that the identical courtroom confirmed the “presence of ample proof” to refer two different former Grenoble gamers to the Assizes Court docket for the alleged offense of “failing to cease against the law”. They’re Mr Farrell and New Zealander Dylan Hayes (28).

In an announcement to Unbiased.ie, Munster Rugby stated Mr Farrell would take day out of the squad.

“Munster Rugby and Chris Farrell have agreed to face down from his involvement with the Munster crew with fast impact whereas a trial is pending in France over his alleged involvement in an alleged crime in 2017. .

“As that is an lively authorized matter earlier than the French courts, now we have no additional remark,” the assertion stated.

The jury courtroom hears critical legal instances.


Irish prop Denis Coulson (R) arrives at a police station in Grenoble, French Alps, on March 21, 2017. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT

All 5 can nonetheless attraction the choice to a different appeals courtroom generally known as the Court docket of Cassation, which offers with the interpretation of the legislation fairly than the info of the case.

French media reported that the gamers rejected the complainant’s allegations and insisted that any contact along with her was consensual.

The case pertains to an alleged incident in March 2017 when a number of Grenoble gamers, coming off a high 14 match they misplaced towards Union Bordeaux Bègles, determined to proceed the night in a pub within the metropolis.

There they reportedly met a scholar aged 21 who was introduced again to their lodge.

Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper reported that the investigating choose in control of the case issued a judgment in June 2019 indicting Mr Coulson, Mr Jammes and Mr Grice to a jury trial. Nonetheless, the three males appealed towards this sentence.

Mr Coulson’s lawyer stated in 2019 that the complainant’s allegations have been inadequate to take the case to a legal courtroom as a result of they contradicted witness statements.

Mr Jammes’ lawyer additionally stated that yr there was an excessive amount of doubt concerning the challenge of consent to go to trial.

Le Dauphiné Libéré reported that Mr Farrell and Mr Hayes have been subsequently investigated final yr by a delegated investigating choose for allegedly “failing to cease against the law”.

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