Northern Ireland

Ex-soldier Francis Eliason may face rape retrial

A former soldier accused of rape may face a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict on Friday.

The Belfast Crown Court jury deliberated over two days before telling the judge that they were split.

They had heard allegations that former solider Francis Eliason, 32, raped a woman in the toilet of the Kremlin bar in the city centre in September 2010.

Mr Eliason, formerly from Palace Barracks in Holywood, counter-claimed the sex was consensual.

Thanking the jury for their service, the judge listed the case for mention next week.