Graphic Description Of Alleged Rape By Irish Rugby Stars Heard In Court

Elias Hubbard
January 31, 2018

Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding (right) arrive at Belfast Crown Court this week.

Both Ulster and Ireland rugby players, Jackson (26) from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, and 24-year old Olding, from Ardenlee Street, are charged with, but deny the rape of the same woman at a house in south Belfast in June 2016.

The next day, in an exchange on the messaging service Whatsapp, Hedworth said the complainant told Harrison that what had happened was not consensual.

'It involves a young woman going to an after-party with other females at the home of a well-known sportsman, Patrick Jackson, the first defendant.

Mr Jackson also denies a further charge of sexual assault.

When the second woman declined an invitation from Jackson to join in, the prosecution said, he subjected the complainant to a further sexual assault, causing her "considerable pain".

At this point, Mr Hedworth said the door to the bedroom opened and another woman was there.

He added that McIlroy, a friend of the players, entered the room naked, "thrust his penis at her" but did not make contact, and sought to have sex with her.

She left the house but realised she had left her mobile phone behind. She ran back to the house and retrieved the phone from the then empty bedroom.

The following day the woman messaged a friend saying she had been 'raped by three Ulster f*****g rugby scum, ' but also said that she doubted a successful prosecution could take place as it was her word against theirs.

Mr Hedworth also said that Mr McIlroy, a friend of the players, "was keen to have sexual activity" as well and that he "intentionally exposed himself" to the woman.

"When she was able to escape from what was being done to her the fourth defendant, Rory Harrison, appeared to give her help and support but in the event, it turned out, we suggest, that his true loyalty was to his friends and what they had done".

The court heard that Olding allegedly wrote on WhatsApp 'We are all top sh*gg*rs, before adding: 'It was like a merry-go-around at a carnival'.

"On his account", Mr Hedworth told the court, "Olding was not prese nt and (the complainant) had transferred her affections from Mr Jackson to Blane McIlroy". After this it is claimed Stuart Olding entered the roon at which point the victim said "Please not him as well".

He said they did not have vaginal sex because "she asked if he had a condom and he did not".

The trial is expected to last five weeks.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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