Jack de Belin gave a woman $50 and told her to “keep your mouth shut” shortly after sexually assaulting her, a court has heard.
The allegation was heard on the opening morning of the St George Illawarra star’s sexual assault trial in the Wollongong District Court.
Mr de Belin, 29, and his co-accused Callan Sinclair, 22, have both pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Details of the alleged incident at a North Wollongong apartment on December 9, 2018 were aired in court on Tuesday during Crown Prosecutor David Scully’s opening address.
Jack de Belin enters Wollongong Local Court for the opening day of his sexual assault trial. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Simon BullardSource:News Corp Australia
Mr Scully told the court that the 19-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was drinking with Mr de Belin and Mr Sinclair and a group of males at the Mr Crown bar in Wollongong before they decided to catch a tuktuk to another bar.
However at some point Mr de Belin directed the driver to head towards a unit at Gipps Street in North Wollongong, owned by Mr de Belin’s cousin, after telling the woman that they needed to charge their phones, Mr Scully told the court.
While the complainant was going to the toilet in an ensuite bathroom, prosecutors allege that Mr de Belin walked in naked and got in the shower.
Mr Scully told the court that the woman replied “what the f***?”
After she moved into the bedroom, prosecutors allege Mr de Belin came out naked and took off the woman’s top and pushed her onto the bed.
Mr Scully said both men said words to the effect of “show us your tits” before Mr de Belin pulled off the complainant’s pants and the two men raped her.
Prosecutors allege that after the incident, all three took an Uber to another nightclub.
While in the car, Mr Scully alleged Mr de Belin said: “Here is $50 for the Uber and to keep your mouth shut.”
Callan Sinclair is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman alongside Jack de Belin. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Simon BullardSource:News Corp Australia
They went to Heyday nightclub at Crown St, Wollongong, however she left shortly after.
She raised the complaint with workmates the next day.
The court heard police telephone intercepts recorded Mr de Belin and Mr Sinclair speaking with family, friends and each other about the alleged incident.
Mr Scully told the court the effect of each of call was sexual intercourse took place but it was consensual.
Mr Sinclair is also accused of using a friend’s Facebook account to contact the complainant after finding out that she was speaking to police but in the message reiterated his claim that it was consensual.
The court heard that the woman suffered minor bruising to her chest and neck after Mr de Belin allegedly put his hands around her throat and leaned on her chest with his forearm during sex.
Mr Scully alleged that after Mr de Belin began having sex with the woman, he urged Mr Sinclair to “come have a go.”
After Mr Sinclair began penile-vaginal sex, Mr de Belin is alleged to have encouraged Mr Sinclair by saying “Nice, Cal”.
The crown has alleged that while Mr Sinclair was having sex with the complainant, Mr De Belin placed his penis in her mouth before the pair swapped positions twice.
The prosecution alleges that Mr Sinclair attempted to have anal sex with the woman however lost his erection and went to have a shower.
Jack de Belin has been accused of raping a woman inside a North Wollongong unit in late 2018. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Simon BullardSource:News Corp Australia
Mr de Belin continued having sex – including anal sex – with the woman, according to Mr Scully.
The crown have alleged that afterwards, the woman was crying at which point Mr de Belin asked “Why are you being so emotional, it wasn’t bad it was good.”
Mr Scully told the court the woman had told them to “stop” and attempted to physically resist.
“On the crown case, calls to stop and attempts to resist fell on deaf ears,” Mr Scully said.
“And it came to a point she felt incapable of offering any resistance.”
Barrister David Campbell SC, acting for Mr de Belin, told the court during his opening address that his client agreed sexual intercourse took place but maintained it was consensual.
“The issue he raises is everything that happened was with the consent of those involved.”
Mr Sinclair’s barrister Craig Smith SC said that: “There is evidence both before and after that activity that is consistent with that activity being consensual.”
The trial before Judge Andrew Haesler continues.
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