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Jackson 'sat and watched' girl perform oral sex on Olding, rape trial hears

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Paddy Jackson  Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Paddy Jackson Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Paddy Jackson Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A man accused of exposing himself to a woman allegedly raped by two Irish international rugby players told police she had performed oral sex on him, a court has heard.

Blane McIlroy was interviewed under caution by detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's rape crime unit on June 30, 2016 - two days after the alleged attack.

An audio recording of his interviews have been played to the jury at Belfast Crown Court.

He told officers he walked into a bedroom and found Paddy Jackson and the woman lying naked on the bed.

Chat

"Paddy says, 'Come in for a chat'," Mr McIlroy said. "I sat on the edge of the bed beside her and asked, 'What have you been up to?' She seemed fine - no sign to me that she was in any sort of distress or discomfort."

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Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is the first time jurors have heard Mr McIlroy's own account of the night.

He said the woman did not attempt to cover herself with bed sheets when he entered the bedroom.

"I kissed her eventually," he added. "She may have put her hand on my waistband. I took my belt off and pulled my trousers down."

Jackson was still "fooling" about, Mr McIlroy stated.

"She was masturbating me. Eventually, after a minute or so, she gave me oral sex for 10 seconds.

"I think Paddy was going to have sex with her again. She said, 'Wow you need condoms'."

At that point, the court was told, Mr McIlroy left the room to find a condom. He said that when he returned, two or three minutes later, the woman was getting changed.

He told police she was saying: "This is not like me. I usually don't have one-night stands. This is not like me."

But he added: "She seems fine, not crying or upset."

The rape is alleged to have happened at a house party in Mr Jackson's south Belfast home during the early hours of June 28, 2016.

The trial also heard audio recordings of police interviews with Stuart Olding, who denied having intercourse with the complainant.

He also said: "I didn't see Paddy penetrating her from behind."

Mr Jackson was "sitting on the bed" watching the woman "give" him oral sex, according to Mr Olding who also rejected allegations he had forced the complainant to perform oral sex by putting pressure on the back of her head and pulling her onto him. When police asked what made him believe she was consenting, he answered: "She was doing it. I wasn't forcing her."

Mr Olding's solicitor, Joe Rice, told the court: "You can take it from his attitude that he categorically denies any involvement in these allegations."

Mr Jackson (26), of Oakleigh Park, Belfast, and Mr Olding (24), of the city's Ardenlee Street deny raping the woman.

Mr Jackson denies a further count of sexual assault.

The court also heard Mr Harrison guessed Mr Jackson and Mr Olding had been accused of rape because they were high-profile sports stars.

In transcripts of three interviews with police a detective constable asked him: "You guessed rape? Out of every offence, you guessed rape?"

Mr Harrison replied: "Quite often it is in the forefront of your mind when high-profile sportsmen are involved because high-profile sports stars are often brought into this sort of stuff."

He was asked to provide a witness statement two days after the alleged attack.

Several months later, in October 2016, Harrison was interviewed under caution and asked to account for alleged discrepancies in his statement.

He was asked about a telephone call in which he is alleged to have told Mr McIlroy a woman had "cried rape".

The officer said: "How did you go from being told an assault to guessing rape?"

Mr Harrison responded: "A rape is a type of assault. It has all been on the news."

He was also questioned about his alleged failure to mention a text message in which the complainant told him the sexual activity had not been consensual.

Contact

"I was never asked if there was contact between me and [the complainant]," he said.

"If I was asked, I would have answered fully."

His phone was wiped eight weeks earlier because it had frozen, the court was told.

The text was recovered from the complainant's mobile.

Later, the officer suggested Mr Harrison had deliberately omitted crucial facts from his statement and provided investigators with a "sanitised version of events". He answered: "It would be speculation."

Mr McIlroy (26), of Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, denies one count of exposure. Mr Harrison (25), of Manse Road, Belfast, denies perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

The jury panel in the trial has been reduced from 12 to 11 because of illness.

Judge Patricia Smyth said she had discharged one man after receiving a medical report, leaving eight men and three women to hear the evidence.

The trial continues.


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