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Jackson and Olding trial: Alleged victim denies sexual act with third man

Woman says alcohol did not affect her memory

Stuart Olding
Stuart Olding

By Cate McCurry

A student who claims two Ireland and Ulster rugby players raped her has denied that she engaged in a consensual sex act with a third man.

The young woman was also accused of having a "fractured and ragged" memory of the night she claimed she was raped by rugby stars Paddy Jackson (26) and Stuart Olding (24).

The pair, who deny the claims, are at the centre of the high profile case which is in its third week at Belfast Crown Court.

Also in the dock are Blane McIlroy (26), who is accused of exposure, and Rory Harrison (25), who faces a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Mr McIlroy, from Royal Lodge Road, Belfast, and Mr Harrison, of Manse Road, Belfast, deny the charges against them.

The alleged victim, who was in her seventh day of cross-examination, was asked about her memory of the night of the alleged offences in June 2016.

She admitted there were moments of the night that were "slightly hazy".

She added: "There were very clear, precise moments that I can remember."

Mr McIlroy's defence barrister, Arthur Harvey QC, said to the woman: "You have a capacity to start off with a basic fact such as 'I was in the taxi' to create a narrative which you believe personally serves the case that you are seeking to make?"

Mr Harvey added: "You have an easy facility of moving from truth to untruth or falsehood and self-delusion."

When the woman asked if the barrister was calling her "delusional", Mr Harvey said: "Self-delusion is when you refer to a version of events that do not correspond with reality."

The complainant said: "I disagree with that."

Mr Harvey said: "Your memory is either clouded by drink or clouded by an unwillingness to acknowledge what happened.

"You simply had sex with a number of men after going to their home without an invitation.

"You went upstairs to the bedroom when there were girls downstairs.

"Any call you would have made that night would have been heard.

"If you had called out for help or assistance it would have been heard by three girls."

Mr Harvey further asked her about the statement she gave to police about Mr McIlroy.

He put it to the alleged victim that she had provided a "diametrically opposed" version of events involving Mr McIlroy.

She had previously told the court that when Mr McIlroy entered the room he was naked and masturbating, while in her police statement she stated that he "had his trousers down".

The lawyer said: "A man trying to push his d*** into you and a man masturbating are identical to you?"

Mr Harvey asked the university student why her police statement and evidence to the court were different. "There's no mention of McIlroy masturbating (in the police statement)."

"He was masturbating," she replied.

The defence barrister also said to her: "When you look at your account of these events your memory is not only fractured but it is ragged at very significant parts of what happened."

The lawyer went on to claim that she had engaged in consensual sexual activity with his client.

He added: "He (Mr McIlroy) lay on the bed and you put your hands into the waistband of his trousers and began to masturbate him."

He then accused the alleged victim of performing oral sex.

She denied this saying: "Mr Harvey this is a rape case.

"I was raped.

"If Mr McIlroy had touched me I would have made that abundantly clear to police."

Mr Harvey suggested the alleged victim had "had regrets" about what happened.

She added: "That's not how the situation played out. I refute everything you have said."

When asked if some details had slipped her mind, she said: "No, it has not slipped my mind.

"I can picture this quite clearly."

She went on to tell the court: "It's because you are so distressed and it's very difficult to process what had happened.

"Immediately after a violent attack like this you go into shutdown."

Mr Harvey questioned the alleged victim about repeatedly using "you" rather than "I" to describe what happened to her.

"You are repeating something you read rather than something you personally experienced?"

She replied: "That is completely incorrect. I am addressing you and trying to make it applicable to everyone here."

Mr Harvey stated: "Yes, you are trying to make it applicable that every rape victim feels like this."

She later told Mr Harvey: "I am not going to argue with you about grammar."

During further questioning the woman told the court she had pleaded for Mr Jackson to use protection.

Mr Harvey said: "Are you saying that during the course of a rape you asked Mr Jackson to use a condom?"

She responded: "I was pleading with him to at least use a condom. That's not indicative of consent."

The trial continues.

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