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Jackson and Olding rape trial: Alleged victim's blood found on duvet from Jackson's bedroom

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By Michael Donnelly and Ashleigh McDonald

A forensic scientist has told Belfast Crown Court the blood of the woman who claimed she was raped by two Ireland rugby players was found on a duvet taken from Paddy Jackson's bedroom.

The forensic scientist was called to court on Wednesday and had examined clothes worn by the complainant on the night she claimed she was raped.

The senior scientific officer carried out tests on the woman's white jeans, a black top and a pair of pants.

She confirmed traces of Oldings DNA was located via semen on the white trousers, DNA matching Oldings profile was found on her underwear, and his semen was also located on her black top.

And while the top tested negative for blood, the complainant's blood was found on both her pants and white trousers, as well as a duvet taken from Jackson's bedroom.

The scientist said when the white trousers were presented to her, they were "grubby and stained" with visible areas of blood staining both on the inside and outside.

The complainant's pants were also blood-stained, with the expert determining that one stain bore a "transfer pattern."

As she sat in witness box, the forensic scientist was asked by Toby Hedworth QC, for the Crown: "Were you provided with items from Mr Jackson's house?", to which she replied "yes." She confirmed she was given a grey and white duvet cover to fit a double bed.

When Mr Hedworth asked "was blood staining visible on that?", she answered "yes." And when asked "was that tested and found to match the DNA profile of the complainant?", the expert replied "it was, yes."

In addition, the forensic scientist was also asked about "both external and internal" swabs taken from the complainant. When asked about the presence of semen from the swabs, the scientist replied: "They were negative for semen.

Source of bleeding

A separate forensic expert called earlier on Wednesday voiced concerns over the finding of an internal injury in the woman some 14 hours after she claimed she was raped by two Ireland rugby players.

The woman told Belfast Crown Court if she had found such an injury still bleeding, it would have given her "cause for concern" and would have immediately referred the patient for treatment.

However, she also said while bleeding injuries "are not common in this type of case", she had in the past referred two such cases for treatment in hospital to stop the bleeding.

The concerns of the doctor, now semi-retired, came as she was giving evidence on behalf of the defence in the trial of Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding who deny raping the then 19-year-old woman.

She told the court she had reviewed the notes and a video of the examination carried out by a doctor at the Rowan sexual assault referral centre at Antrim Area Hospital, in which he documented an internal tear which he said had been caused by blunt force trauma.

Questioned by defence QC Brendan Kelly, the doctor said while a video showed an examining instrument in place, it was not noted in the notes, and although blood could be seen, there was no indication as to "where that blood was coming from".

Asked the purpose of such recordings, she replied it gave a visual confirmation of any findings, "and as we all know that a picture tell the whole story more than any number of words".

However, the doctor claimed the video in this case "did not show me where the laceration was ... it was just a pool of blood", and went on to explain there was no note of whether or not the blood was the result of menstrual flow, which could be intermitent.

She added that she would have liked to have seen the blood from the alleged injury "swabbed away" so that she could view the injury and ascertain if it was still bleeding. 

It was then that the doctor said, that having thought of the evidence of the prosecution doctor "overnight", any internal tear which was still bleeding "gives me cause for concern", adding later that the blood, "leaves a question in my mind, could it still be menstrual?".

She went on to agree with Mr Kelly that the alleged external bruising found on the vagina, was "may be of little relevance evidentially", and that the site of its description did not appear to coincide with the video and that the purple discolouration seen on the video, may have been caused by "the light source" used to film it.

Before being excused for the day, the jury was told by Judge Patricia Smyth that they will be hearing police interviews conducted with the defendants during tomorrow's sitting.

The nine men and three women were again warned not to discuss the case with anyone, and to "be on your guard."

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