NRL player Jack de Belin started taking ‘sex with violence’ from a 19-year-old woman, the court hears
Footy star Jack de Belin started taking ‘sex with violence’ from 19-year-old woman before boyfriend joined, court hears
- The Belin, 30, and boyfriend Callan Sinclair, 23, allegedly raped a woman in 2018
- The jury for the retrial heard that both men were hoping for a mutual consent trio
- The main question is whether the woman has consented to the gender, as the couple claims
- The trial will resume after the previous jury failed to reach a verdict the first time
NRL footballer Jack de Belin began violently having sex before his friend Callan Sinclair decided to join the rape of a 19-year-old woman, the men’s retrial has heard.
De Belin, 30, and Sinclair, 23, pleaded not guilty to five charges of aggravated sexual assault in an apartment after meeting the teenager on a Wollongong dance floor in December 2018.
“Mr. de Belin, after getting the complainant back to the unit, was determined to have sex with her … and would not take no for an answer,” prosecutor David Scully told the jury Wednesday.
Jack de Belin (pictured right) pleaded not guilty to five charges of aggravated sexual assault in an apartment after meeting the teenage woman on a Wollongong dance floor in December 2018
The court heard that Jack de Belin (left) and Callan Sinclair (right) were hoping for a consensual threesome, but that there was a “fundamental gap” between their wishes and those of the young woman.
Both men had hoped for a consensual threesome, but there was a “fundamental gap” between their wishes and hers.
“Mr. de Belin began to have sex by force and Mr. Sinclair saw that and decided to join in,” said Mr. Scully.
The Sydney jury, which was paneled on Wednesday, has been told they will hear recordings of evidence given at the first trial, but which has not been finalized.
The woman met the men on the dance floor of Wollongong bar Mr Crown, after having known Mr Sinclair from a sports team years earlier.
CCTV footage of the evening in question would show ‘a lot of dancing’, the Belin and the woman hugging on the dance floor and her kissing Sinclair in the bar.
“The kiss on the crown sleeve wasn’t passionate – it was a nice kiss and then they laughed about it,” said Mr. Scully.
Leaving the bar, the woman had the impression that the trio were on their way to the nearby Fever Nightclub.
But the St. George Illawarra attacker led them to a taxi rank, confusing the woman, who was told by the footballer “it would go faster” and told by Sinclair not to be a “wimp.”
“She trusted the accused,” Mr. Scully said.
The Crown anticipates the men’s issue in the sexual assault lawsuit against Jack de Belin and Callan Sinclair will be whether the woman has given consent
The court heard that Callan Sinclair (pictured left) decided to join after Mr. de Belin began ‘forcibly having sex’ with the young woman
She was taken to the unit instead, which she entered to use the bathroom.
While there, De Belin unbuttoned her top, pushed her onto the bed and said ‘show me your rack,’ claims the Crown.
When she then said ‘no’ and ‘stop’ and another request from Sinclair, the footballer forced herself on her.
“The complainant felt numb inside,” said Mr. Scully.
The Crown expects that the most important question in the process will be whether the woman had consented.
The jury will hear recorded phone calls and messages involving Sinclair and de Belin in which the men say the 19-year-old agreed.
Each man’s lawyers are due to make an open statement later on Wednesday.
The trial is expected to end in three weeks, but the jury has been asked to remain available until May 7.