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11.02 8 Mar 2018


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Updated: 16.55

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding has denied telling lies to try and cover up an alleged rape.

The Ireland and Ulster rugby player denies forcing a woman to perform a sex act on him at the Belfast home of his teammate Paddy Jackson in 2016.

He told a jury at Belfast Crown Court that what happened between him and a 19-year-old student was “completely consensual”.

Mr Olding is accused of forcing the woman to perform oral sex on him.

Mr Jackson is also accused of raping her.

The woman claims she pleaded with Mr Jackson when Mr Olding walked in, and said: “Please no, not him as well”.

From the stand today, Mr Olding told the jury she beckoned him to stay when he walked in and willingly performed oral sex on him.

During his cross-examination, the prosecuting barrister Toby Hedworth accused him of lying as part of their attempt to row each other out of this mess. Mr Olding denied that was the case.

Mr Hedworth suggested Mr Olding and his friends engaged to cover up what happened on a drunk night, during which he and Paddy Jackson went way beyond what he knew was acceptable. Mr Olding replied: “Everything that happened was completely consensual”

He said there was nothing to make him believe she was not consenting and if there was, he said, nothing would have happened.

When asked about explicit texts sent to his friends later that day, he said they were "immature" and he was not proud of them.


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