Friday 23 February 2018

Jury in rugby players’ rape trial visits scene of alleged crime

The alleged attack happened at an after party in the house following a night at a Belfast club.

By Lesley-Anne McKeown, Press Association

A jury in the rape trial of two Irish rugby players has visited the scene of the alleged crime.

The 12-person panel travelled to Oakleigh Park in Belfast, the home of Paddy Jackson.

Judge Patricia Smyth, who is presiding over the high-profile case, also attended.

Jackson, 26,  and his Ulster and Ireland teammate Stuart Olding, 24,
from Ardenlee Street, deny raping the same woman at the property in June 2016.

Jackson denies a further charge of sexual assault.

The trial has previously heard the alleged attack happened at an after party in the house following a night at a Belfast club.

Two other men have also been returned for trial charged in connection with the same incident.

Blane McIlroy, 26, from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, is accused of one count of exposure.

Rory Harrison, 25, from Manse Road, Belfast, is charged with perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Both men also deny the charges.

The case continues.

Press Association

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