Monday 22 October 2018

Rape accuser denies claims she 'teased' Jackson in bedroom

Ireland rugby star Paddy Jackson arrives at Laganside Magistrates Court for the second week of his trial. Photo: Pacemaker
Ireland rugby star Paddy Jackson arrives at Laganside Magistrates Court for the second week of his trial. Photo: Pacemaker

Claire O'Boyle

The alleged victim in the rape trial of two Ulster rugby players has denied she was "teasing" one of the accused, Paddy Jackson.

The woman, who was 19 at the time of the alleged attack, also told the jury at Belfast Crown Court she didn't call for help when a woman walked in because she feared being filmed.

Ireland rugby internationals Jackson (26) and Stuart Olding (24) deny raping the woman in June 2016.

The woman has already told the jury she consensually kissed Jackson once upstairs before returning to a party downstairs.

The court has also heard how she went back upstairs to get her bag as she wanted to go home.

It was at this point, she claimed, she was raped by Jackson before being forced to perform oral sex on Olding.

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

In her fourth day giving evidence, the student yesterday denied claims by Jackson's barrister Brendan Kelly QC that after her first encounter in Jackson's bedroom, it was the rugby player and not her who left the room first because he "got tired of your teasing".

She said: "I was not teasing Patrick Jackson.

"As I recall, I left the room alone as soon as he started to undo my trousers."

The student, now aged 21, also told the court she was being raped by the Ireland player and being forced to perform oral sex on Olding when another woman from the party walked in.

Blane McIlroy. Photo: PA
Blane McIlroy. Photo: PA

When asked why she didn't call out for help, the complainant said: "I didn't know her, I thought she might be filming me," adding she turned her head so she couldn't have been identified.

Mr Kelly said: "She might have helped you and stopped them raping you."

The complainant answered: "In that moment I was so petrified of being recorded I just turned my head away. It was too late, I'd already been raped."

She also told the court she was not attracted to Jackson and that he had "lunged" at her in their first encounter.

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

"He [Jackson] instigated the kiss," she said. "It was a bit of a lunge. It lasted seconds before he started to undo my trousers."

And when asked by the barrister "if you didn't like him, why were you kissing him in his bedroom?" she said: "I'm not entirely sure."

Jackson's barrister went on to claim the victim's bag was in fact not the reason she returned upstairs and that she had willingly kissed the player for a second time in his bedroom.

"I didn't," she told the court.

The student, who wiped tears away as graphic details of the alleged rape were discussed, said Jackson "wasn't taking no for an answer", that "everything about me was saying no physically".

She added: "You cannot underestimate how scared you are in those situations."

When Mr Kelly said in fact she had "moved to undo [Jackson's] trousers and performed oral sex upon him" she said that was "completely incorrect".

Mr Kelly continued, saying the complainant had not rejected Jackson's advances.

"I tried to push his hand away when he started undoing my trousers," she answered.

The court heard it was at this point Olding entered the bedroom.

Mr Kelly asked the complainant why she hadn't called out to him for help, adding that in fact she had gestured for him to join her and Jackson on the bed and moved to perform oral sex on him as well.

She denied this, and said she didn't know Olding but felt his intent was "obvious", reiterating her claim any sexual activity was "non-consensual".

Two other men have also been charged in connection with the case. The complainant acknowledged her recollection was in part "hazy".

The jury of nine men and three women has heard how the alleged rape happened at an after-party following a night out at Belfast nightclub Ollie's where some Northern Ireland footballers were also socialising.

Mr Kelly said: "Is not the truth of what happened, as far as outside Ollie's is concerned, you were desperate to join the footballers at their party?

"When that invitation was not forthcoming, what you saw was Paddy Jackson. You waited some time and joined his group, his party."

She had not been invited, the lawyer suggested.

The woman responded: "That's not how I remember it."

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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