Judge Lifts Reporting Restrictions On Belfast Rape Trial

Stuart Olding Tells Rugby Rape Trial: ‘I Didn’t Force Her In Any Way’

Elaine Stenson
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Stuart Olding has told his rape trial the complainant didn’t do anything to make him believe she wasn’t consenting to what was taking place.

The Ireland and Ulster rugby player denies forcing a woman to perform a sex act on him at the Belfast home of his teammate Paddy Jackson in 2016.

 

Paddy Jackson is accused of raping and sexually assaulting the same woman at an afters party at his home in south Belfast in June 2016.

He spent three and a half hours in the witness box yesterday and his teammate and co-accused Stuart Olding took the stand this morning.

The woman claims he walked in while she was being raped by Mr. Jackson and forced her to perform oral sex on him. He denies that version of events.

He said they were kissing when he walked in and she held out her hand as an invitation for him to stay.

He said they then began kissing and he told the court she performed oral sex on him but he denied forcing her and said she showed no signs of distress.

He said there was nothing to make him believe she wasn’t consenting and if there was, he said nothing would have happened.

Went asked about explicit texts sent to his friends later that day, he said they were immature and he wasn’t proud of them.