Belfast rape trial: Court hears from forensic medical officer

The expert witness said alcohol reduces inhibitions and can lead to a feeling of regret afterwards.

Belfast rape trial: Court hears from forensic medical officer

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Updated 16:30

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The jury in Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rape trial has been hearing from a forensic scientist who examined the alleged victim’s clothes.

The Ireland and Ulster rugby players are accused of raping a woman during a party at Jackson’s home in south Belfast during the summer of 2016.

The jurors have already been shown the clothes the woman was wearing on the night in question – a black sequined top, white trousers and black underwear.

Today, a senior forensic scientist told the trial that Stuart Olding’s semen was found on all of the above.

Mr Olding is accused of forcing the woman to perform oral sex on him. He denies the charge and has told police it was consensual.

This morning, the defence called a doctor who specialises in sexual assault cases.

She was asked about the effects of alcohol on a person.

The trial has already heard that the complainant said she had one and a half large glasses of wine and three double vodka and red bulls.

The defence’s witness said alcohol can reduce a person’s inhibitions, create arousal and make them behave in a way they don’t normally behave.

Under the influence, she said you can do something that’s ill-judged but feel good about it.

On the way down, she said there can be depression, memory loss and one can feel ill at ease and can be left with a feeling of regret.

When asked under cross-examination by the prosecuting barrister if most victims of sexual assault resist or allow it to happen, she said the evidence, overwhelmingly, is that it is allowed to happen.

Yesterday, a doctor said he noted a tear to the alleged victim’s vaginal wall when he examined her later that day.

On behalf of the defence today, the forensic expert said she couldn't see the injury when she was shown a DVD recording purporting to show it, but she did accept the quality was not great.

If you have been affected by anything mentioned in this article you can contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre National 24-Hour helpline on 1800 77 88 88.