Irish rugby stars go on trial for rape

Woman accuses rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding of rape 'power game'

Stuart Olding arrives at court in Belfast on January 30, 2018 accused of raping a woman.

A night out to celebrate the end of her A Level repeat exams and then an invitation - she could not recall from whom - to a house party. I knew if I went to the police I would have to say something to my family at some point. I felt I had no choice and the fact that they were so rough.

Two other men have also been charged in connection with the case.

"I may be preventing it happening to someone else", she said.

"It's because they are big names here".

Both Mr Olding, of Ardenlee Street in Belfast, and Mr Jackson, from Oakleigh Park, also in the city, deny the charges.

Ireland rugby internationals Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding went on trial in Belfast on Tuesday charged with raping the same woman at a party in Ulster flyhalf Jackson's home in 2016.

THE IRISH rugby players on trial accused of rape boasted about sex on WhatsApp, a court has heard.

She joined them although it was unclear who actually invited her, and the group travelled in two taxis.

In his opening statement Mr Hedworth said the case "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".

For nearly an hour and a half on the stand, the young woman gave her testimony. The complainant said that Jackson asked her did she want to "join in".

During the hearing the woman was also questioned about her initial reluctance to report the incident to the police.

The woman's cross examination will resume tomorrow morning.

Jackson, 26, and his Ulster team mate Olding, 24, have both pleaded not guilty.

Woman accuses rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding of rape 'power game'
Victim details horrific alleged sexual assault Jackson and Olding trial

The court heard details of a message she sent to a friend in the hours immediately after the alleged attack. "[Reporting it] is the best decision I have made".

She also claims she was raped by his teammate Stuart Olding at Mr Jackson's home in south Belfast in June 2016.

The trial, which is expected to last five weeks in Belfast, continues.

All four men have denied the charges against them.

McIlroy, from Royal Lodge Road in Belfast, has been charged with exposing his genitals, and Harrison from Manse Road, is facing charges of perverting the course of justice, and withholding information.

Blane McIlroy, 26, from Belfast, is accused of one count of exposure.

However, she began to lose her composure, and attempted to hold back tears, as she explained to the jury of nine men and three women, how she ended up in the bedroom for a second time.

"I knew I didn't want this to happen, but he kept going".

"I would just be embarrassed".

He said they did not have vaginal sex because "she asked if he had a condom and he did not". "I can't remember her exact response, but it was a no, and she shut the door".

"The fact that someone had walked in was secondary". The prosecutor outlined how she returned to Jackson's bedroom to collect her clutch bag, only to be followed moments later by Jackson, where upon the court heard he raped her.

'Next thing I remember is being face down on the bed and he is having sex with me'.

She had chosen to speak out, she claimed, because it could have been her friend who stood outside the nightclub that night.

She was then conscious of Mr Olding entering the room.

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