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Ireland Friend of alleged rugby rape victim tells court: She would not lie to me

09:05  16 february  2018
09:05  16 february  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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A friend of the woman who has accused two Ulster rugby players of rape has told a court the alleged victim would not lie to her . “I assumed she was telling the truth. She would not be lying to me .”

A friend of the woman who has accused two Ulster rugby players of rape has told a court the alleged victim would not lie to her . “I assumed she was telling the truth. She would not be lying to me .”

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court (Niall Carson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court (Niall Carson/PA)

A friend of the woman who has accused two Ulster rugby players of rape has told a court the alleged victim would not lie to her.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the complainant, was the first person to be told of the alleged rape almost two years ago.

In evidence to Belfast Crown Court she said: “Because she had told me this, the truth was not basically in my head.

“I assumed she was telling the truth. She would not be lying to me.”

The woman was being cross-examined by a barrister representing Ireland and Ulster fly half Paddy Jackson, who denies rape and sexual assault.

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A friend of the woman who has accused two Ulster rugby players of rape has told a court the alleged victim would not lie to her . “I assumed she was telling the truth. She would not be lying to me .”

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Brendan Kelly QC had asked whether the two friends had any discussion about the importance of telling the truth.

Meanwhile, CCTV footage showing the two women in the VIP area of Ollies nightclub in Belfast was relayed to the court.

It showed them leaving separately. Afterwards the witness went to McDonald’s, the court heard.

She was asked whether she had effectively “given up” on her friend.

Mr Kelly said: “You had waited by that time for close to 10 minutes and she was showing no signs of coming with you was she, from what we see on the video?”

The woman answered: “No, but then again I am not there to take her home. It is probably just out of politeness.”

Mr Kelly added: “She had no interest in joining you that night?”

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The witness said: “I cannot comment. I cannot really answer for her.”

  Rory Harrison arrives at Belfast Laganside courts on February 5, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are accused of raping a woman in June 2016 at a property in south Belfast. Harrison is accused of perverting the course of justice and witholding information relating to the case. © Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Rory Harrison arrives at Belfast Laganside courts on February 5, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are accused of raping a woman in June 2016 at a property in south Belfast. Harrison is accused of perverting the course of justice and witholding information relating to the case.

Meanwhile, the woman was also cross-examined on a text exchange in which the complainant said she wanted to speak to “someone legally” about the alleged incident.

The witness said: “Statistics generally are not in your favour and I presumed she was going to speak to someone about that.”

Pressed further on the matter, she added: “I think she wanted to get actual legal advice.”

However she said she was unsure what, if anything, was discussed.

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One woman, who drove her to a rape crisis centre, described how the alleged victim was reluctant to disclose names but told doctors her alleged attackers were Meanwhile, another friend in whom the complainant had first confided told the 12-person jury she assumed her friend would not lie to her .

One woman, who drove her to a rape crisis centre, described how the alleged victim was reluctant to disclose names but told doctors her alleged attackers were Meanwhile, another friend in whom the complainant had first confided told the 12-person jury she assumed her friend would not lie to her .

Earlier the court heard how the two women had discussed rape in text exchanges days before the alleged attack.

When asked why the witness had expressed a reluctance to go to the police, she answered: “I guess from what is going on in this room. It is daunting, it is quite horrible and you get blamed…

“It is a distressing process.”

  Blane McIlroy arrives at Belfast Laganside courts on February 5, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland © Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Blane McIlroy arrives at Belfast Laganside courts on February 5, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland

When asked to explain further comments in which she had suggested blackmailing or stabbing rapists, the woman answered: “That was quite clearly a joke.”

Paddy Jackson, 26, and his Ireland and Ulster and teammate Stuart Olding, 24, from Ardenlee Street deny raping the same woman on June 28 2016.

Jackson denies a further charge of sexual assault.

Blane McIlroy, 26, from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, denies exposure, Rory Harrison, 25, from Manse Road, Belfast, denies perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

The case continues.

Photos from the trial (Photo Services)

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Paddy Jackson told police he 'presumed' alleged rape victim 'wanted it to happen', court hears .
Paddy Jackson told police he 'presumed' alleged rape victim 'wanted it to happen', court hears“I didn’t force myself on her. I presume she wanted it to happen. She didn’t have to stay, she could have left,” he said.

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