Rugby rape trial girl denies celeb attraction

Press conference Joe Schmidt

Press conference Joe Schmidt

The video footage played to the court showed her in the presence of some Northern Ireland footballers in Ollie's VIP area while some members of the Ulster Rugby team were nearby.

She replied: "Because the whole rape had been so traumatic that was what I had focused on".

Blane McIlroy (26), of Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, is accused of one count of exposure.

She responded: "We didn't go into the VIP area to meet rugby players, if that's what you are suggesting".

She repeatedly insisted to the jury that she had not been a follower of rugby or its players.

She told Mr Kelly she did not know the woman's name and thought it was "secondary" to the actual rape, and insisted she did not leave it out on goal.

Brendan Kelly, QC for Paddy Jackson, began by asking the woman about a series of text messages she exchanged with three friends a few hours after the alleged rapes.

Mr Kelly asked her: "Have you watered down either your following of rugby or your knowledge of the people who play it?"

She was also asked why she failed to mention that a woman had walked in during the alleged attack.

All four players deny the charges.

She also said she turned away because she feared she could have been being photographed, as the other girls at the house had been taking pictures downstairs.

After leaving the nightclub the woman went to an after-party at Mr Jackson's home, where the alleged rape occurred.

Mr Jackson (26), of Oakleigh Park, Belfast is charged with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault and Mr Olding (24), of Ardenlee Street, Belfast, is charged with one count of rape.

The complainant said she had not been aware Mr Jackson was in the VIP area.

"I've got no comment on any of that", said Schmidt.

On Friday, the fifth day of the trial, Mr Kelly quizzed her on her interest in rugby. "I've not watered down anything".

She was also asked why she did not tell medical staff about Stuart Olding allegedly forcing her to give him oral sex and she said she did not think it constituted as rape.

The case, scheduled for five weeks, is being heard by Judge Patricia Smyth.

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