Belfast Telegraph

Cabbie a key witness to aftermath of events

By Staff Reporter

When police contacted taxi driver Stephen Fisher, he knew "exactly" what it was in relation to, he told the court.

The evidence he gave backed up the woman's account as to the state she had been in leaving Paddy Jackson's house.

He had picked up a young woman with a man - Rory Harrison - outside a petrol station in south Belfast early on June 28, 2016 and was struck by how upset she had been. She was sobbing and crying and had her head on the chest of Mr Harrison as he comforted her.

The cabbie said at some point Mr Harrison was on his phone "talking in code" to whoever was on the other end of the line. Phone records showed this to be Blane McIlroy.

He recalled him saying: "She's with me now. She's not good. I'll call you in the morning." The taxi driver said the woman was unsteady on her feet and needed Mr Harrison's assistance to get into her house.

He said he noticed some staining on the backside area of her trousers and remembered saying "rough night last night?" when Harrison got back into the taxi, and that he said something like "you've no idea" or "you could say that" in a way that had discouraged him from asking any further questions.

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