The trial of the Irish international rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who are accused of raping a woman in Belfast in June 2016, has heard an allegation the complainant appeared fixated by Mr Jackson on the night in question.

Mr Jackson, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast, and Stuart Olding, from Ardenlee Street in the city, deny raping the same woman at Mr Jackson’s house in south Belfast.

Two other men have also been returned for trial on charges connected with the same incident alleged to have happened at an after-party following an evening at a Belfast nightclub on 28 June 2016.

All four men have pleaded not guilty.

The trial has heard contents of a police statement given by one of the accused, Rory Harrison.

A Detective Constable of the PSNI's Rape Crime Unit read extracts from the statement he took from Mr Harrison at Mr Harrison’s home on 30 June 2016.

In the statement, Mr Harrison, who is accused of withholding information and perverting the course of justice, said he went to Mr Jackson's home for a party after a night out in a Belfast club.

Mr Harrison said there were four or five females in the living room of the house.

He said one of the women, the complainant in the case, could not take her eyes off Mr Jackson and appeared fixated by the Irish rugby player.

Mr Harrison said that at some stage Mr Jackson went to bed and five minutes later the complainant also left the room, although he said he did not know where she had gone.

Mr Harrison said when he was about to leave the party he went upstairs to say goodbye to Mr Jackson and met the complainant at the top of the stairs.

He said he did not notice anything out of the ordinary.

Mr Harrison said he asked the complainant if she was okay and said he would drop her home in a taxi. Mr Harrison said they both got into the back of the taxi.

He added that the complainant was crying into herself in the taxi on the way to her house.

The case is expected to resume next Tuesday.