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12.39 27 Feb 2018


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The jurors in Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s trial have now heard all the interviews police conducted with them and their two co-accused.

Belfast Crown Court heard Mr Olding told police a woman’s claim he forced her to perform a sex act on him was “incorrect”.

The Ireland and Ulster rugby player, along with his teammate Paddy Jackson, is accused of raping the woman at Jackson’s Belfast home in 2016.

After an unexpected day off yesterday, the jurors returned this morning to be told the same juror who was unwell yesterday was not fit to continue.

The eleven remaining jurors then resumed hearing audio recordings of Stuart Olding’s interviews with police.

The woman claims he walked into the room while she was allegedly been raped by Paddy Jackson and that he forced her to perform oral sex on him.

He said that was incorrect.

When asked what made him think she was consenting, he said “she was doing it and I wasn't forcing her”.

He said Paddy was sitting on the bed watching while she was doing it, and he denied being in the room when the woman claims a third man walked in “completely naked”.

Under cross-examination, Mr Olding’s barrister put it to the Detective Constable that he didn't put an accurate account of what the woman claimed to his client, and he accepted his notes were not a “verbatim account”.

Two friends of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are also on trial.

Blane McIlroy, from Royal Lodge Road in Belfast, is facing one count of exposure.

Blane McIlroy. Picture by: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

He is accused of being completely naked when he walked into the room where she claims she was being raped.

He told police he was dressed when he went in, and that she performed oral sex on him while Paddy was still fooling around with her.

He said she seemed fine and showed no signs of distress or discomfort.

He was asked about deleting a text asking Paddy about the possibility of a threesome, and he said he just panicked when police contacted him.

Rory Harrison from Manse Road in Belfast is accused of trying to cover up what’s alleged to have happened.

Police put it to him that he got them all together later that day to come up with a story, and that he deliberately withheld info and sent her texts to try and calm her down and discourage her from going to police.

He denied that was the case.


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