Paddy Jackson Stuart Olding rugby rape trial hears texts between alleged victim and her best friend
A Belfast court has heard a series of texts between two best friends after one of them alleged she was raped by two members of the Ulster rugby squad.
The texts, gathered in evidence in the case against Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison, were read out by the complainantâs best friend who had been with her in Ollieâs on the evening of Monday June 27, 2016.
After arriving home at around 5.15am, the complainant texted her friend at 9.51am saying she had been raped, Belfast Live reports.
Initially she said she did not want to go to the police, but her friend of seven years told her at the time: âThis is beyond seriousâ, before eventually driving her to the Brook sexual health clinic in Belfast.
From the witne ss box, the friend said she and the woman in question had been socialising in the VIP area of Ollieâs night club.
After closing time the pals parted company and the 21-year-old friend told the court a text from her girlfriend had dropped at 3.04am stating simply: âIâm back at Paddy Jacksonâsâ.
She replied: âHa ha how and why?â
The complainant did not reply for around six hours but when she did, the text conversation had taken on a different tone.
The complainant, who was 19 at the time of the alleged incident, wrote: âWorst night ever. So I got raped.â Her message ended with five sad-face emojis.
The womanâs friend told Belfast Crown Court she was shocked by the content of the text message conversation.
Answering questions from Toby Hedworth QC who is acting for the complainant, she said: âI was in shock. I said I was so so rry. I told her I shouldnât have left her. I said Iâd never leave her again.â
The friend asked the complainant if she could telephone her.
But she received as text that read: â*******, itâs no way, shape or form your fault.â
The friend asked: âWhere are you?â
The complainant answered: âI feel sick.â
The friend continued: âIâm so sorry.â
And in a series of texts the complainant said: âI was entirely fine going back to that afters.â
âSo went back to their house. There were three other girls too.
âGood fun for a while then the girls started to get slutty.
âThere was one guy I really didnât like and I was like right Iâm going to go now.
âWent to get my shoes but my clutch was upstairs.
âWent to get it and Paddy Jackson came up behind me.
âHeâd already tried it on earlier an d I firmly told him where to go.
âThe next thing Iâm bent over the bed.
âI have bruising on my inner thighs. I feel like Iâve got bruising literally on my fanny. They were so rough Iâve got my period a week early.â
The friend asked: âWere there more than one?â
The complainant responded: âTwo and then a third tried to get involved. I was crying."
The friend told her: âIâm so sorry.â
And the complainant explained that a âreally nice guyâ took her home.
When her friend phoned the alleged injured party, she texted: âI canât take a call. I donât want anyone to hearâ.
The concerned girlfriend advised the complainant that she needed to âget swabbed right nowâ and told her she needed to speak with the police.
She replied: âNo seriously, Iâm not going to the police. Iâm not going up against Ulster Rugby because theyâll help.â
The friend said: âIâm never leaving you on your own again.â
She replied: âI was crying and saying, âat least use a condomâ and Paddy Jackson said, âI amâ.
âI was sick. I was shouting and a third guy was trying to get his dick into me. I was on the landing at this stage.â
She continued: âIt was Paddy, some blond guy and Blane. Heâs a c*** too.â
The friend asked: âHow did you make it out?â
She said a fourth man told her that what had happened would not make her any less of a person and that he was âsorry and disgustedâ.
She added: âLike he actually got me into a taxi and asked if he could do anything for me or get anyone for me. I was bawling the whole way home.â
In an other text she told her friend: âI was nipping and scratching Paddy Jacksonâs arm because he was trying to get his whole hand into me.â
And when urged to report the matter to the police, the complainant texted back: âIâd report it if I knew theyâd get done but they wonât.â
Trying to encourage her further to speak with police, her friend told her: "They are known to some people, theyâre really not the be all and end all of the earth."
The allegedly injured woman said: âThey are scum. Itâs that rugby schoolboy attitude times a millionâ.
The friend said the complainant needed to attend a Rape Crisis centre and at least get an morning-after pill.
She replied: âLike I hadnât even shaved my legs. I wasnât up or ready for f*****g anything. I feel so hollow. I f*****g hate guys. Iâm so f*****g done with everythingâ.
Her friend replied: âThis does not define your life from now on. You need counselling. You just cannot deal with this on your own. You need to get a full screening. This is beyond serious now".
This same friend drove t he woman into Belfast city centre on the afternoon of June 28 to find a Rape Crisis clinic but discovered it had closed down.
The women moved onto the nearby Brook Centre, where the woman spoke to a male counselor.
And she told the court she had sent her friend a number of photographs from the night in question which had been shared on social media.
The woman texted the complainant who featured in the background of the images, and said: âI know itâs not the sort of thing you want to see right now but I think they could help.â
The complainant replied: âThatâs me getting my shoes on to leave the first time.â
When Mr Hedworth asked the witness how her friend had seemed to be in terms of level of intoxication on the night in question.
She replied: âIâd had three doubles and I assumed sheâd had the same amount of drinks as me. And I can remember leaving and I assumed she could too. I didnât think she was that - you go to a clu b and drink. But she was of sound mind - she could look after herself.â
Paddy Jackson, 26, from Belfastâs Oakleigh Park, is charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault. Stuart Olding, 24, from Ardenlee Street, Belfast, is also charged with rape.
Blane McIlroy, 26, of Royal Lodge Road, Belfast, is charged with one count of exposure. Rory Harrison, 25, of Manse Road, Belfast is charged with perverting the course of justice and withholding information.
Each of the men deny all charges against them.
The jury of nine men and three women, has been repeatedly advised by Judge Patricia Smyth to wait until all evidence has been heard before coming to any final conclusions.
The trial continues.Source: Google News