Rugby rape trial woman denies celebrity attraction

Irene MckinneyFeb 03, 2018

The CCTV from Ollie's was played and included footage from the VIP section, where the woman was seen socialising close to several Northern Ireland football players.

The video showed her in the company of some members of the Northern Ireland football team who were in the VIP area, where Mr Jackson, Mr Olding and other members of Ulster Rugby were also partying.

Meanwhile the alleged victim was cross-examined by Paddy Jackson's defence lawyer this morning.

After the footage was played to Belfast Crown Court a defence lawyer asked the woman: "Were you attracted at the time to celebrities?"

She responded: "We didn't go into the VIP area to meet rugby players, if that's what you are suggesting".

Mr Bradley also questioned the complainant about how on the day of June 28th she went to the Brook sexual health clinic in Belfast and later to the Rowan sexual assault referral centre in Antrim to be examined.

Asked if she knew who he was at the time, the woman replied: "I knew his name, yes, and I knew what he looked like".

A woman who claimed she was raped by two global rugby players told friends she initially didn't want to report the attack as she wouldn't be believed.

When contacted on Friday, both Ulster Rugby and the IRFU said that "any person attending the trial does so in a personal capacity".

A woman had told the trial of two Ireland rugby players accused of raping her that her "heart sank" when the second man came into the bedroom.

Mr Kelly QC read some of the texts to the court and jury. "I have not watered down anything".

And regarding not telling them about the woman looking into the room during the alleged assault she said that at the stage the woman had "missed the moment that those men crossed the line".

The court heard that she had told a friend via text message: "No, I do not want to get the police involved". The woman also told police she was "reluctant to say anything".

In regard to not initially mentioning the alleged forced oral sex to her friends the witness said she did not feel she had to "explain every single demeaning thing that I had been through".

The woman said there were a number of other women back at Paddy Jackson's house on the night of the alleged attack, but they were not her friends - she had only just met them.

Mr Jackson, 26, from Belfast's Oakleigh Park, is charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault. Both men deny the charges.

The woman claimed that after consensually kissing Jackson, she was then raped by both him and Olding, from Ardenlee Street.

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