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Paddy Jackson's case is he did not have sex with accuser

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court (Niall Carson/PA)
Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court (Niall Carson/PA)

by cate mccurry

irish rugby international Paddy Jackson has denied having sexual intercourse with the woman who has accused him of rape.

In her eighth and final day of giving evidence, the alleged victim was re-examined by prosecuting barrister Toby Hedworth.

During a series of questions, Mr Hedworth said that it was Jackson's case that he never had sexual intercourse with her. "At the height of it, it was digital sex while you performed oral sex on Mr (Stuart) Olding," the lawyer said. She replied: "That's incorrect."

The lawyer asked the woman: "Did he have intercourse with you?"

She replied: "On more than one occasion, because he already had sex with me before Mr Olding entered the room."

The court also heard that in a note written when she got home after the alleged attack, the woman described Olding as an "imbecile" and "monkeyish".

The note contained the names Blane (McIlroy), Paddy Jackson and the description "blond, short, imbecile and monkeyish", the court heard. She had written it to help her memory in identifying the men she claimed assaulted her.

Asked what "imbecile" and "monkeyish" referred to, she said: "It was my impression of Mr Olding." McIlroy (26), from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, denies a single charge of exposure. Jackson (26), from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, and his Ulster and Ireland team-mate Olding (24), from Ardenlee Street, also in the city, deny raping the same woman.

Jackson denies a further charge of sexual assault.

Rory Harrison (25), from Manse Road, Belfast, denies perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Dara Florence and Clare Matthews
Dara Florence and Clare Matthews
Dara Florence
Emily Docherty
Paddy Jackson
Stuart Olding

The trial has previously heard the alleged attack happened at an after-party in Jackson's home following a night in the VIP area of a Belfast club.

The alleged victim was also asked about a series of text messages exchanged between her and a close friend in the hours after the alleged attack.

The court heard how her friend had encouraged her to report the matter to police. However, the young woman was reluctant at first, claiming that Ulster Rugby would say they are "lovely boys" and "wouldn't hurt a fly".

She said: "In reporting my rape I would not be going up against your standard person off the street, you have the whole of the establishment behind them.

"You would not be taking just them on, you would be taking on the whole establishment."

The trial continues.

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