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Rugby star Paddy Jackson denies having sexual intercourse with woman, court told

Paddy Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, denies raping the woman in June 2016.

Irish rugby international Paddy Jackson denies ever having sexual intercourse with a woman who has accused him of rape, a court has been told.

Addressing the complainant in the high-profile case, prosecution barrister Toby Hedworth QC said it is Jackson’s case that he never had sexual intercourse with you.

She replied: “That’s incorrect.”

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was being re-examined by the prosecution as her evidence drew to a close.

She was in the witness box at Belfast Crown Court for an eighth separate day.

Meanwhile, the court also heard that in a note written when she got home after the alleged attack, the complainant described Jackson’s Ulster team mate Stuart Olding, who also denies rape, as an imbecile and monkeyish.

The note recorded the names Blane, Paddy Jackson and the description blonde, short, imbecile and monkeyish, the court heard.

Mr Hedworth asked: “What does imbecile and monkeyish refer to?”

The woman answered: “That was my impression of Mr Olding.”

Paddy Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, denies raping the woman in June 2016.

He also denies a further charge of sexual assault.

Twenty-four-year-old Olding, from Ardenlee Street in Belfast, also denies raping the same woman.

Two others have been charged in connection with the same alleged incident.

Blane McIlroy, 26, from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, denies exposure.

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

The case continues.

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