‘No, this is not a lie’

The young woman at the centre of the rugby rape trial in Belfast has now undergone five days of intense cross-examination on the stand, with more to come this week

11th February, 2018
Paddy Jackson, who has won 25 caps for Ireland, has pleaded not guilty. Pic: Pacemaker

‘This will take some time,” Brendan Kelly QC, acting for Ireland and Ulster rugby star Paddy Jackson, warned those present at Belfast Crown Court as his cross-examination of a 21-year-old woman began last Thursday week.

Kelly then explained his approach. He would start with events from the morning after the alleged rape of the woman took place, up until the woman’s first police report on June 29. Then he would look at her...

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