Forensic Medical Officer Gives Evidence At Ulster Rugby Rape Trial

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An expert witness has told Belfast Crown Court that alcohol can create arousal and make people behave in ways they wouldn’t normally behave.

She was giving evidence on behalf of the defence at the trial of two Ireland and Ulster rugby players accused of raping a woman in June 2016.

Paddy Jackson and his teammate Stuart Olding deny the charge, which is alleged to have happened at a party in Jackson’s south Belfast home.


The witness, who is a forensic medical officer, said alcohol reduces inhibitions and can lead to a feeling of regret afterwards.