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Paddy Jackson’s barrister begins cross-examination of woman at the centre of Irish rugby rape case

Update 12.05pm: Paddy Jackson’s barrister has begun his cross-examination of a woman who claims she was raped by the Ireland and Ulster rugby player.

She also claims she was raped by his teammate Stuart Olding at Mr. Jackson’s home in south Belfast in June 2016.

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.

She told them she did not want to go the police because it would be a case of my word against theirs and they would all have the same “fabricated story” about her being a slut who was up for it”.

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

She told one friend “9 out of 10 rape cases don't get the guy done” and she told another she believed Ulster Rugby would vouch for their character and she’d just look like a stupid little girl.

Mr. Kelly asked why she did not tell them about a witness - a woman walked in at one point. She said she felt it was secondary because the girl did not touch her and did not have anything to do with it.

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.

Earlier: Woman at the centre of Irish rugby rape case will be cross-examined today

The woman at the centre of the rape case involving two Ireland rugby players will be cross-examined today.

She claims she was raped by Paddy Jackson and his Ulster teammate Stuart Olding in 2016.

Yesterday she gave her account of events at Mr. Jackson's Belfast Home on June 28.

The woman is due to be cross-examined by the men's lawyers this morning.

Jackson and Olding deny raping her at a house party at Jackson’s home in Belfast in June 2016.

- Digital Desk