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Pair accused of raping two teenage schoolgirls

Two north Belfast men allegedly simultaneously raped two teenage schoolgirls before subjecting one to a drunken double attack, a jury has heard.

Opening the case against 22-year-old Paul Hamilton and Neil Jamison (21) at Belfast Crown Court, prosecuting QC Richard Weir said it was the Crown contention the pair “swapped roles” as they allegedly subjected the girl to the sexual assault.

He told the jury of five men and seven women that moments before the alleged incident, Hamilton had allegedly raped one girl in the bedroom while Jamison had sex with her friend on a sofa.

Hamilton, from Avoca Street in the city, and Jamison, from Summer Street, each deny four counts of rape and four further charges of sexual activity with a child, all alleged to have occurred in the early hours of April 26 last year.

When arrested and interviewed both men claimed all the sexual contact had been consensual.

However, Mr Weir told the jury it was the Crown case that neither schoolgirls, both of whom were 13 at the time, had consented to anything that happened to them and that in relation to the victim of both men, she was so drunk she was “out of it” and could not have consented.

The trial, set to last up to two weeks, continues.

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