I was not out to meet rugby players, rape accuser insists


I was not out to meet rugby players, rape accuser insists

Less than an hour after Ireland defeated France in Paris, Rory Best finally addressed the matter of his appearance at the court trial, in Belfast, of Ulster teammates Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

The woman was asked if on the night of the alleged attack she was aware that Ulster Rugby players were in the VIP area of Ollies nightclub in Belfast before she went into it.

The footage showed the complainant and a friend of hers dancing in the nightclub among other patrons, including members of the Northern Ireland football squad and staff.

Giving evidence on the fifth day at the trial of Jackson (26) and Olding (24), the 21-year-old woman told the court from behind a screen that she had no interest in Ulster rugby and had not been to a game.

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

When asked if she had "watered down" either her following of rugby or knowledge of people who played she said: "Not at all".

She replied: "Not at all, Mr Kelly".

After leaving the nightclub the woman went to an after-party at Mr Jackson's home, where the alleged rape occurred.

She also claimed McIlroy also entered the room naked and with his penis out, and at this point her fight instinct kicked in and she fled.

The court heard that before she reported the alleged attack to police a friend advised her in a text message to pretend she did not know they were rugby players.

"Mr Kelly, those words are not mine. I have not watered down anything".

She responded: "No, I didn't know who those people were".

The woman's cross-examination resumed this morning with the playing of a recording of her second police interview.

"I was mortified at what was happening and I didn't want to be identified if she was taking photos", she said.

Previously she told the court she had consumed one-and-a-half glasses of wine at a pre-party and three double vodkas at Ollies.

She told one friend "9 out of 10 rape cases don't get the guy done" and she told another she believed Ulster Rugby would vouch for their character and she'd just look like a stupid little girl.

The trial has been adjourned until Monday.



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