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Jackson and Olding rape trial: 'She's causing so much trouble for the lads' - court told of texts between Harrison and McIlroy

 

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Jackson and Olding both deny all the charges against them.

Jackson and Olding both deny all the charges against them.

Jackson and Olding both deny all the charges against them.

A series of messages between two friends in the aftermath of an alleged rape involving two Ulster Rugby players alleges "the cops went straight to Les Kiss", a jury heard on Wednesday.

The reference to the then Ulster rugby coach was made by Rory Harrison to his friend Blane McIlroy (26) following the arrested of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding in June 2016.

The sporting duo were arrested on June 30, 2016 - two days after a woman claimed she was raped from behind by Jackson (26) whilst being forced to perform oral sex on his teammate Stuart Olding (24).

Both men have denied rape, and claim any sexual activity in the bedroom of Jackson's Oakleigh Park home was consensual.

In a series of messages between Harrison (25) and McIlroy on the afternoon and evening of June 30, the friends discuss the arrests of Jackson and Olding, with McIlory asking Harrison if he knew the complainant's name.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 28/02/2018: Blaine McIlroy arrives Laganside Magistrates court this morning.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 28/02/2018: Blaine McIlroy arrives Laganside Magistrates court this morning.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 28/02/2018: Blaine McIlroy arrives Laganside Magistrates court this morning.

 

Harrison tells McIloy her name, says "hopefully it will be thrown out" and tells his friend she is "just a silly girl who has done something then regretted it."

Harrison also messages "she is causing so much trouble for the lads."

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 28/02/2018: Rory Harrison arrives Laganside Magistrates court this morning.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 28/02/2018: Rory Harrison arrives Laganside Magistrates court this morning.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 28/02/2018: Rory Harrison arrives Laganside Magistrates court this morning.

 

In the series of messages, Harrison also tells McIlroy "the cops went straight to Les Kiss, which is f*****g ridiculous."

Later in the day, when police have been in touch with McIlory, he messages Harrison to inform him. Harrison replied "I'd say leave your phone."

 

Belfast Telegraph