Sunday 21 January 2018

Four rugby players due in court after alleged rape

Paddy Jackson, left, and Stuart Olding
Paddy Jackson, left, and Stuart Olding

Daniel Grey

Four Ulster rugby players are due in court this week following an alleged sex assault.

Ulster and Ireland players Paddy Jackson (25) and Stuart Olding (24) were accused of raping a young woman on June 28, 2016. They deny the allegations.

Mr Jackson is accused of two charges - raping the woman when he "did not reasonably believe that she so consented" to sex, and sexual assault by penetration. Mr Olding is charged with two counts of rape.

Former Ulster star Blane McIlroy, of Royal Lodge Road, in south Belfast, has been charged with exposing himself to cause "alarm or distress" on that date.

Former UCD player Rory Harrison (25), of Manse Road, Castlereagh, is facing two charges of perverting the course of justice between June 27 and July 1 of last year by allegedly making a false witness statement to police. He is also accused of withholding evidence.

Solicitors representing Mr Olding have said he "is anxious to clear his name in court".

Solicitors for Mr Jackson said he "rejects completely the allegations", adding: "We are confident he will be exonerated."

Irish Independent

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