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Rugby Rape Trial Hears Explicit WhatsApp Messages


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This article contains transcripts of WhatsApp messages with graphic detail, which may offend some readers.

The jury in Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rape trial has been hearing the WhatsApp exchanges between them and others after the alleged rape.

The Ireland and Ulster rugby players are accused of raping the same woman at Jackson’s home in Belfast in the early hours of June 28th 2016. 

Two of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s friends are also on trial.

Blane McIlroy from Royal Lodge Road is facing one count of exposure and Rory Harrison from Manse Road is accused of perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Today, the jury has been hearing WhatsApp exchanges between one of the accused on the morning after the alleged incident.

At 11.17am, Olding text “we are all top shaggers” and “there was a bit of spit roasting going on last night lads” to which Jackson replied “there was a lot of spit roast last night”

Stuart Olding later text: “it was like a merry-go-round at the carnival”

The court heard a series of texts between Harrison and McIlroy were deleted.

At 11.49am, Paddy Jackson posted photos of the other girls at the party and another friend asks: "Who are they? Brassers?" to which Blane McIlroy replies "Aye" and the friend responds "fucking fantastic".

A series of text messages were also exchanged between Harrison and McIlroy at around 1pm, which the court heard were also deleted.

Harrison text McIlroy to say "mate, the scenes last night were hilarious ... I walked upstairs and there were more flutes than the 12th of July".

Another friend text the group to say “boys did you lads spit roast lasses?” and asked “why are we all such legends?” to which McIlroy responds “I know. It’s ridiculous”

The trial continues in Belfast, with all accused denying all charges.


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