Ireland Rape trial: Woman tells court kiss with Paddy Jackson was 'not indicative of consent for anything else'

19:30  05 february  2018
19:30  05 february  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

Alleged victim in rape trial of Irish rugby players cried as she began giving evidence this morning

  Alleged victim in rape trial of Irish rugby players cried as she began giving evidence this morning The woman, aged 19 at the time of the alleged attacks, lost her composure while recalling being in the home of Paddy Jackson for a party on 28 June 2016.THE STUDENT ALLEGEDLY raped by international rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding in June 2016 broke down and wept for a time this morning as she was giving evidence to their Belfast Crown Court trial.

A YOUNG WOMAN at the centre of a high-profile rape trial at Belfast Crown Court today confirmed she consensually kissed Paddy Jackson prior to the alleged incident – but said “that’s not indicative of consent for anything else ”.

A woman claims Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson knew she did not want to have sex with him on the night he is alleged to have raped her in his home. Complainant tells court she kissed Paddy Jackson during first visit to his bedroom on June 28 2016.

L Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson R Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding. © Liam McBurney PA Wire PA Images L Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson R Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding.

A YOUNG WOMAN at the centre of a high-profile rape trial at Belfast Crown Court today confirmed she consensually kissed Paddy Jackson prior to the alleged incident – but said “that’s not indicative of consent for anything else”.

As she spent her fourth day in the witness box at Belfast Crown Court, the 21-year-old student said the kiss wasn’t “that passionate” and ended when Jackson “start[ed] to undo my trousers”.

The student has accused 26-year-old Jackson and his 24-year-old teammate Stuart Olding, from Ardenlee Street in Belfast, of raping her in the bedroom of Jackson’s Oakleigh Park home in the early hours of Tuesday 28 June 2016.

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Ulster and Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson arrives at Laganside Court in Belfast, Northern Ireland October 17, 2017. © REUTERS/Michael Cooper Ulster and Ireland rugby player Paddy Jackson arrives at Laganside Court in Belfast, Northern Ireland October 17, 2017.

Jackson has also been charged with sexually assaulting the woman, with all charges denied by the pair.

As her cross-examination by Jackson’s barrister Brendan Kelly QC continued, she was asked about the kiss she and Jackson shared prior to when she claimed she was raped by him.

When asked if her “focus” back at Jackson’s was on the rugby player, and whether she was attracted to him, the woman – who was 19 at the time – said you didn’t need to be attracted to someone to kiss them.

She has already told the jury that she kissed Jackson once, returned back to the party, but went back upstairs to retrieve her bag as she wanted to go home. She claimed that at this point, she was then raped by Jackson, before being forced to perform oral sex on Olding.

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Paddy Jackson arriving at Belfast Crown Court yesterday © PA Wire PA Images Paddy Jackson arriving at Belfast Crown Court yesterday

When asked again about this kiss, she agreed it was consensual. She claimed Jackson instigated the kiss, and when asked if it was a ‘proper kiss’, she told Kelly “to be honest he sort of lunged at me”.

Kelly then asked if the kiss was passionate, to which she replied: “It didn’t last long before he started to try and undo my trousers. It wasn’t that passionate.”

And when asked by the barrister “If you didn’t like him, why were you kissing him in his bedroom?”, she said “I’m not entirely sure”.

The judge presiding over the trial of the two rugby internationals accused of raping the woman also addressed the jury today on media coverage surrounding the presence of Ireland captain Rory Best.

Best attended last Wednesday’s hearing and was seen in the public gallery – which attracted attention both on mainstream and social media.

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  Rape trial: Woman tells court kiss with Paddy Jackson was 'not indicative of consent for anything else' © Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Judge Patricia Smyth told the jury of nine men and three woman: “You may have been aware of press coverage or coverage of some nature about the appearance at this trial of Mr Rory Best, who I understand is the captain of the Ireland Rugby team.

“I want to make it absolutely clear to you, and I want to make it clear to the public, the only reason Mr Rory Best was in this court last week was because he was directed to be here by senior counsel.

“That’s the reason why he was here, and as a jury you should know that.”

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Rugby star Paddy Jackson denies having sexual intercourse with woman, court told .
Paddy Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, denies raping the woman in June 2016. He also denies a further charge of sexual assault.Twenty-four-year-old Olding, from Ardenlee Street in Belfast, also denies raping the same woman.Two others have been charged in connection with the same alleged incident.Blane McIlroy, 26, from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, denies exposure. © Provided by Irish Independent Rory Harrison. Photo: PA Rory Harrison, 25, from Manse Road in Belfast, also denies perverting the course of justice and withholding information.The case continues.

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