Ireland 'I'm sorry, I shouldn't have left you - I'll never leave you again' - Court hears text exchange between friend and alleged rape victim

16:51  15 february  2018
16:51  15 february  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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Friend of alleged rape victim describes how she tried to convince her to go to police. The witness told Toby Hedworth QC, prosecuting, she was in shock when she received this and replied: “ I ’ m so sorry , I shouldn ’ t have left you .

Belfast Crown Court again heard on Thursday about the texts which the witness exchanged with her friends the morning after the alleged attack, where she initially did not want to go to the police.

Paddy Jackson © Catalyst Images Paddy Jackson The young woman in the witness box was asked: "What was the last you heard of your friend?" 

She explained she had been at Belfast City Hall waiting for a taxi after the nightclub when she had received a text.

"She'd gone to an afters at Paddy Jackson's and I sent a text, 'oh, random..,' shrugged the woman in the box.

That had been the end of her own night out, she told the court.

Unable to be named because of the risk of identifying the victim, the witness gave her evidence with the same uncertain, youthful informality as the rest of her peers who have been called to give evidence at this trial.

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A DAD-of-one raped a friend in her own home before sending her a WhatsApp message with a sad face and " I am sorry ", a court heard . The jury heard that Falconer sent these messages to the alleged victim . Falconer, who denies rape and attempted rape , replied: " Me too.

drink a glass of your blood I ' ll use your skin for a fuckin' prayer rug I ' ll destroy you , I hated to place he be hoppin' But he never feels safe No matter where's at, from all the names he be droppin' There was no one left on Earth for Canibus to call out So he pretty much ran out of things to talk about The

Blane McIlroy © Catalyst Images Blane McIlroy

"The next contact please, when was that?" asked Toby Hedworth QC, for the prosecution, as he brought her through the events.

"That was the next morning, about eight or nine, early in the morning," she told him.

Her friend had sent her a text: "Worst night ever so I got raped", which was completed by "five upside down emojis", Mr Hedworth reminded her.

This text had already been put before the jury - but yesterday we heard the replies and the follow-ups as part of the larger body of communication between the two close friends, whom Brendan Kelly QC, for Paddy Jackson, later ascertained had first met as schoolgirls at the age of around 12. "Do you share secrets?" Mr Kelly had asked her.

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I have no privacy, no friends and no family left . I am so very sorry to hear all this!!!! Specially children involved. Your husband is manipulative and controlling you , you should have never left your home.

Telling me my man could never trust me and would never be happy again .. I was such a fool… the video he dumped her ass and she suddenly became homeless but I said fuckit keep the apartment I ’ ll leave and I did couple months later she calls me crying that if I can give her another chance but little

Given the current context of this friendship, the young woman had exhaled in a tiny wry breath.

"Like we all do with friends," Mr Kelly conceded gently.

"But most importantly you had nothing to hide and she had nothing to hide," he said.

She agreed this was true.

Mr Hedworth asked the young woman to continue to read the texts aloud. As an exchange sent just hours after the alleged events, it was compelling. It was also considerably emotive to hear how both young women had appeared to individually blame themselves for what had allegedly happened.

Paddy Jackson © Catalyst Images Paddy Jackson

Rereading over them again, the young woman in the witness box sniffed and her voice momentarily shook.

"So, obviously, I was in shock," she told Mr Hedworth upon receiving that first text.

Her reply had read: "Oh my God... I'm so sorry... I should not have left you. I'll never leave you again."

But then the alleged victim had also blamed herself, saying: "Of course it was my fault."

She had then reassured her, saying: "This is in no way, shape or form your fault."

Her friend had then given her a brief account of what she claims had happened.

Stuart Olding © Catalyst Images Stuart Olding

"Some of them just couldn't take no for an answer," she had said, with her friend replying: "Oh God... I feel sick."

"Paddy Jackson came behind me, he'd already tried it on earlier and I'd firmly told him where to go," she said.

"The next thing I know I'm bent over the bed," she said.

In further text messages read to the court, the complainant told her friend she felt like she had bruising on her genitals.

"I said, 'Jesus Christ'," the young woman in the witness box told the court, by now struggling to hold back her emotions.

"And I said, 'Jesus f****** Christ, were there more than one?"

"She said 'there were two and a third tried to get involved'."

"I said, 'Oh God... I'm so sorry'."

Paddy Jackson © Catalyst Images Paddy Jackson Her friend had then gone on to talk about the "really nice guy" who had taken her home. 

Mr Hedworth put it to her that at that stage she had telephoned her but her friend hadn't picked up, instead sending a text saying she couldn't take a call because she didn't want anyone at home to hear.

"I said 'seriously, there's bruising and tearing, you have to get swabbed and go to the police'," she said.

On hearing her friend had allegedly said: "How many times does it take for a girl to say no before it sinks in," she had replied: "It will never sink in with them."

The alleged victim described a "rugby school boys' attitude times a million" and they both agreed the men were "scum".

"I feel so hollow. I f****** hate guys," the young woman had texted later on.

"I said 'no, you're not - this doesn't define you and your life from now on'," her friend told the court.

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Paddy Jackson told police he 'presumed' alleged rape victim 'wanted it to happen', court hears .
Paddy Jackson told police he 'presumed' alleged rape victim 'wanted it to happen', court hears“I didn’t force myself on her. I presume she wanted it to happen. She didn’t have to stay, she could have left,” he said.

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