Ireland Jury in rugby rape trial visit home of Paddy Jackson where alleged crimes took place

18:11  09 february  2018
18:11  09 february  2018 Source:   Independent.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.

After leaving the nightclub the woman went to an after-party at Jackson ’s home , where the alleged rape occurred. She repeatedly insisted to the jury that she had not been a follower of rugby or its players.

Ireland’s Paddy Jackson (above) kicks a penalty against France at Aviva stadium. The two players have been relieved of their Ireland and Ulster playing duties pending the outcome of what is expected to be a jury trial . The alleged offences took place on June 28th last year.

Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court. Photo: PA © Provided by Irish Independent Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court. Photo: PA

The jury in the trial of two rugby players accused of raping the same woman at an after-party in the home of one of the accused has visited the scene of the alleged crimes.

Paddy Jackson (26) of Oakleigh Park, Belfast and Stuart Olding (24) from Ardenlee Street, Belfast are each charged with one count of rape in relation to the same woman at a property in south Belfast on June 28 2016.

Stuart Olding Stuart Olding

Both deny the charges. Mr Jackson denies a further charge of sexual assault. Two other men are facing charges regarding the same incident.

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  Nicola Anderson at rugby players' rape trial: Speaking out 'was the best decision I ever made', says accuser THAT this was an ordeal was all too painfully apparent. For almost an hour and a half on the stand, the young woman gave her testimony. Many times, she wept. But many times she displayed a steely determination. She had chosen to speak out, she claimed, because it could have been her friend who stood outside the nightclub that night.It could have been her sister. “It was the best decision I have made,” she said, her chin held high. A heavy blue curtain had been drawn around the stand before the young woman’s face emerged on screen in the courtroom.

After leaving the nightclub the woman went to an after-party at Mr Jackson 's home , where the alleged rape occurred. She repeatedly insisted to the jury that she had not been a follower of rugby or its players.

Rape trial jury is gearing evidence at trial of Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson and his teammate Stuart Olding, who are accused of raping a woman at a property in south Belfast in June 2016.

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Blane McIlroy (26) from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast is charged with one count of exposure while Rory Harrison (25) from the Manse road, Belfast is charged with perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Rory Harrison Rory Harrison

All four have pleaded not guilty.

Today the jury of nine men and three women and the judge in the case visited the home of Jackson along with the jury where the alleged rape and assault occurred.

Blane McIIroy Blane McIIroy

No media were permitted to document the visit.

The trial is expected to last for fives weeks.

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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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