Rory Best says he was advised to attend trial of Ulster teammates

  • Rory Best says he was advised to attend trial of Ulster teammates

Rory Best says he was advised to attend trial of Ulster teammates

Giving evidence at the trial of 26-year-old Paddy Jackson and his 24-year-old Ireland and Ulster team mate Stuart Olding, the woman insisted she had not been a rugby follower.

During a police interview, which was played for the jury, the woman told an officer that a female had walked into the bedroom when she was allegedly being assaulted by Mr Jackson and Mr Olding and that she did not know if she had taken photographs.

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

The CCTV from Ollie's was played and included footage from the VIP section, where the woman was seen socialising close to several Northern Ireland football players.

Yesterday she gave her account of events at Mr. Jackson's Belfast Home on June 28.

When questioned about her knowledge of who was in the VIP area, she denied knowing Jackson was there.

On Friday, the 21-year-old student, who alleges she was raped at Mr Jackson's home on June 28th, 2016 when she was 19 years-old, was cross-examined by Brendan Kelly QC, representing Mr Jackson, for a second day at Belfast Crown Court.

Both men deny all the charges.

Mr Kelly then asked her if she had been planning to attend an after-party with members of the Northern Ireland football team, as she was talking to some players in Ollie's.

"I don't remember every single moment on a night out", she replied.

When asked if she was attracted at that time to celebrities, she responded: "No, I didn't even know who those people were". Stuart Olding, 24 and also an Irish worldwide, of Ardenlee Street, Belfast, is charged with one count of rape.

She added: "We didn't go into the VIP area with the intention of meeting a rugby player, if that's what you're insinuating".

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

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. "I've not watered down anything".

She told Mr Kelly she did not know the woman's name and thought it was "secondary" to the actual rape, and insisted she did not leave it out on objective.

The trial has been adjourned until Monday.