Witnesses at Belfast rape trial claims threesome was consensual
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Witnesses at Belfast rape trial claims threesome was consensual

A WITNESS at the trial of former Ireland rugby players Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson has said she did not see any sign of forced sexual activity.

Yesterday saw the woman who has accused two Ireland rugby players of raping her has been accused of creating a story to serve her case.

The woman was questioned by Arthur Harvey QC, a barrister for Blane McIlroy, who is accused of exposure.

“You have a capacity to start off with a basic fact such as ‘I was in the taxi’ to create a narrative which you believe personally serves the case that you are seeking to make?,” he said.

The lawyer also suggested that the alleged victim's memory of events was fractured, frayed and ragged.

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She agreed that parts of her memory were "fractured", maybe due to the influence of alcohol, stating: "Yes there are moments of the night that are fractured."

But she then added: "There were very clear, precise moments that I can remember."

Today, a woman present at the after-party has said that Jackson denied taking part in a threesome the morning after the alleged crime occurred.

The woman woke up beside Olding and rang her friend who had left at 4.25am via a taxi home.

The friend on the phone reportedly said she had walked in on a threesome in a joking tone.

According to Belfast Telegraph,  the woman relayed the information received to Jackson who reacted by shaking "his head and just said 'no, that didn't happen.'

"I thought he knew what I was talking about, but because he shook his head, I didn't pursue it any further."

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Another woman at the trial in Belfast's Crown Court said she and a friend were upstairs in the house and could hear "some type of noises" coming from the room where the alleged rape occurred.

Her friend opened and closed the door to the room, and joked "Oh my God, I have just seen a threesome".

The woman at the centre of the trial has just concluded her eighth-day giving evidence to the court.