A Belfast court has been hearing details of interviews given by Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson when in police custody in 2016.

The defendant and another player, Stuart Olding, are both accused of raping the same woman in the bedroom of a house in south Belfast.

The interviews were given by Mr Jackson to police under caution on 30 June 2016.

A PSNI officer in the witness box read out the questions put to the defendant.

The prosecution barrister gave details of the responses given by Mr Jackson and the comments of the solicitor who accompanied him. The longest interview lasted 42 minutes.

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Mr Jackson described how he had been drinking with friends and watching football in a Belfast bar and restaurant.

He had six or seven pints of Guinness and gin and tonic, and then they went to a nightclub and back to his house afterwards.

He said a girl he had not known before was there in the living room. She was staring at him and she touched him a number of times when passing, the court heard.

After he went upstairs, she followed him and they had consensual kissing, the court heard. She asked him "did he know her name". He did not. The mood changed and he went downstairs.

Ten or 15 minutes later, he went back upstairs again. She followed him and there was consensual kissing, the court heard.

They were standing at first but sitting on the bed. She performed a sex act on him. His team-mate Stuart Olding came into the room and the woman performed a sex act on him.

The court was told Mr Jackson began other sexual activity with her at the same time.

Asked by the officer in the interview how the woman seemed, Mr Jackson said: "Fine, I didn't force myself on her so I presumed it was happening and she wanted it to happen. She could have left if she wanted to, but she didn't."

At a later police interview some of the complainant's account was put to Mr Jackson. When asked had he pushed the girl onto the bed, he said "no". He told the police the woman had followed him upstairs.

Asked if he thought it might be hurting her, Mr Jackson said: "If it did, I would've stopped, I definitely would've stopped. If she didn't want to be there I would never have stopped her (leaving) or tried to keep her there. No way."

He was asked if another defendant, Blane McIlroy, had walked into the bedroom. He said: "I don't recall him being there."

The court heard an audio recording of a section of Mr Olding's interview in police custody. 

He said the woman had hinted to him to stay when he entered the bedroom where she was with Mr Jackson. When asked to explain how, he said: "She held her hand out."

Mr Olding also told police that he drank eight cans of Carlsberg, four pints of Guinness, two gin and tonics, five vodka lemonades, three shots and a beer from the fridge in Mr Jackson's house.

Mr Jackson and Mr Olding deny raping the same woman during a house party at Mr Jackson's south Belfast home almost two years ago.

Mr Jackson denies a further charge of sexual assault.

Two other men are also on trial on charges connected to the same alleged incident.

Blane McIlroy, 26, from Royal Lodge Road, Ballydollaghan, Belfast, denies exposure.

Rory Harrison, 25, from Manse Road, Belfast, denies perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

The trial, which is now expected to run until mid-March, has been adjourned until Monday.

Additional reporting by PA