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Stuart Olding has dismissed as "completely untrue" allegations that he and his friends tried to cover up drunken sexual activity with a woman who has accused him of rape. The Ulster and Ireland rugby player also batted away prosecution suggestions that he had gone "way beyond what was acceptable", insisting…
Paddy Jackson has denied "concocting" a story with his friends to cover their tracks in case of rape allegations. The Irish rugby international was giving evidence on the 28th day of his high-profile trial at Belfast Crown Court. Arthur Harvey QC, representing Blane McIlroy who is contesting an exposure charge,…
Prosecutors have concluded their case against two Ireland and Ulster rugby players accused of rape. The Crown completed presenting evidence on day 24 of the high profile trial at Belfast Crown Court. Paddy Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast and his team mate Stuart Olding, 24, from Ardenlee Street…
A woman who has accused two Irish rugby players of rape was branded a "silly girl" who was "causing trouble for the lads" in messages exchanged among their friends, a court has heard. A series of text and WhatsApp communications were read into the record at Belfast Crown Court, where…
Most victims of sexual assault allow the attack to happen, a forensic medical expert has told the rape trial of two Irish rugby players. Janet Hall, who has extensive experience of dealing with the victims of sexual assault, was asked by a prosecution barrister whether the majority resisted. She told…
Police can be held liable for serious failures in their investigations after a landmark Supreme Court ruling linked to the case of black cab rapist John Worboys. The Metropolitan Police lost their challenge against a ruling which led to two of Worboys' victims winning compensation. Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey…
The number of victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham appears to be even higher than the 1,400 figure which sparked a national outrage, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The NCA is conducting a huge investigation in the South Yorkshire town following the revelations in the 2014 Jay…
A doctor who examined a woman allegedly raped by two Ireland and Ulster rugby players could not determine whether the sexual contact had been consensual, despite intimate injuries. Belfast Crown Court was told the complainant had a one centimetre bleeding laceration on the wall of her vagina, as well as…
A Scottish international aid charity has confirmed it has dealt with two cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving children. The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf) said one case involved a junior staff member for a joint organisation with other UK and Irish Catholic charities in Ethiopia, and the other…
Police investigating the attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to. The child was attacked when she became separated from her friends in the Openshaw area of Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Police say a man led the girl to an…
A woman who has accused two Ireland and Ulster rugby players of rape was distressed as footage of her police interview was played to a court. The hour-long video showed an account given to Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detectives on June 30, 2016, two days after the alleged…
Two Ireland and Ulster rugby players accused of rape boasted on WhatsApp about their sexual exploits, a court has been told. Stuart Olding, 24, and Paddy Jackson, 26, who deny the charges, are accused of attacking a woman at Jackson's home in south Belfast in June 2016. Jackson faces a…