PSNI Detective Denies Cover Up In Jackson Trial


A PSNI detective has denied trying to catch Rory Harrison off guard by not telling him he was to be questioned under caution until he arrived at the police station.

Mr. Harrison from Manse Road in Belfast denies trying to cover up what’s alleged to have happened at Paddy Jackson’s home in June 2016.

Mr. Jackson is accused of raping a woman in his bedroom. His Ireland and Ulster rugby teammate Stuart Olding also denies raping the same woman.

Another friend of theirs called Blane McIlroy from Royal Lodge Road in Belfast is facing one count of exposure.

The court also heard today that Mr. Harrison wasn’t given a copy of his witness statement before he was interviewed under caution in October 2016.

The jury now comprises of eight men and three women, after a jury member became ill and was discharged.

The trial has now entered its fifth week and the jury has been told it is likely to last a further two weeks.

The jury has been advised by Judge Patricia Smyth to wait until they hear all of the evidence in the case before coming to final conclusions.

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