Stuart Olding has told Belfast Crown Court he was in “complete control” of his actions on the night he's accused of raping a young student in 2016.
The woman claims the Ireland and Ulster rugby player forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Belfast home of his teammate Paddy Jackson.
Stuart Olding’s barrister Frank O’Donoghue called his client to the witness box first thing this morning and asked him if he stood over what he said to police. He said he did. “That’s the truth” he added.
In police interviews, which have been played back to the court, Stuart Olding said he had 22 drinks the night of the alleged attacks. He said he drank eight cans of Carlsberg, four pints of Guinness, two gins, five vodka and lemonades and three shots of tequila and Sambuca.
The complainant, who was 19 at the time, claims Stuart Olding walked in while he friend and teammate Paddy Jackson was allegedly raping her and that he joined in and forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Mr. Olding denied that version of events and said she was straddling Paddy when he walked in and they were kissing.
He said he was about to leave but she held out her hand as an invitation to stay. He said they then started kissing and he claimed she then performed the sex act on him.
He said she didn't seem distressed when he walked in or at any point while he was there and he said nothing would have happened if she did anything to suggest she wasn't consenting.
He said he wasn't aware of another woman coming in at some point and put that down to her maybe not being able to fully come into the room or his state of mind which he described as “drunkenness”.