Saturday 19 January 2019

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

Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court. Photo: PA
Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court. Photo: PA Newsdesk Newsdesk

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.

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

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.

Stuart Olding. Photo: PA
Stuart Olding. Photo: PA

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 where the alleged rape and assault occurred.

Rory Harrison. Photo: PA
Rory Harrison. Photo: PA

No media were permitted to document the visit.

The trial is expected to last for five weeks.

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