Belfast rape trial: Alleged victim may face eighth day in witness box

The prosecuting barrister will be given the opportunity to ask her some final questions today

Belfast rape trial: Alleged victim may face eighth day in witness box

Composite image shows Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding (right) arrive at Belfast Crown Court | Image: Brian Lawless/Liam McBurney/Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images

The prosecuting barrister in Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rape trial will be given an opportunity to re-examine the alleged victim this morning.

The woman, who claims she was raped by the Ireland and Ulster rugby players in Jackson’s Belfast home, has spent seven days in the witness box.

In her direct evidence last Wednesday week, the woman laid out her account of what she claims happens when she went back to a party at Paddy Jackson’s house after a night out in June 2016.

And over the almost two weeks that have followed, she has spent six days being cross-examined by the defence barristers for each of the accused.

Yesterday was the turn of Arthur Harvey for Blane McIlroy from Royal Lodge Road in Belfast who’s accused of exposing himself to the woman.

He described her memory as “fractured and fried” and said her version of events were either clouded by drink or her unwillingness to acknowledge what he claims to have happened – that she had sex with a number of men.

Mr. McIlroy’s version of events was also put to her. He claims he was fully dressed when he walked into the room and that she performed various sex acts on him. She denies that account.

The prosecuting barrister may wish to re-examine her when the trial resumes this morning.