De Belin accuser breaks down in court

Greta Stonehouse
·2-min read

Jack de Belin's alleged rape victim became so emotional during questioning about her faltering memory she needed a break from the cross examination.

The woman later declared she was "allowed to be 19" and happily dancing in a nightclub after CCTV footage showed her interacting with the NRL star and his co-accused, Callan Sinclair.

After continually telling De Belin's barrister, David Campbell SC, she could not remember specific details leading up to the alleged offence, she became visibly distressed before Judge Andrew Haesler intervened.

"All that matters is what happened in that unit," she told Wollongong District Court on Friday.

"What happened in that unit, happened in that unit, and that's what we're here about."

After a short break, the court was again shown footage of the teenager hugging de Belin, playfully wearing his wide-brim hat and making a sexual hand gesture about 12:30am at Mr Crown bar in Wollongong on December 9, 2018.

Mr Campbell says the footage shows her "looking very fondly into his eyes".

But the woman said all it showed was her dancing and having fun.

"I'm allowed to go out and have a dance ... I'm allowed to be a 19-year-old girl".

She denies a sexual gesture she makes is directed at them, saying whomever it was is not on screen.

De Belin, 29, a key member of the St George Illawarra Dragons, and Sinclair, 23, have pleaded not guilty to five counts of the aggravated sexual assault of the then-19-year-old in a North Wollongong unit.

The alleged assault took place after the trio departed from Mr Crown bar, but both men have argued the sexual activity was consensual.

The woman earlier testified that the men ignored her protests and tears as each alternated positions in raping her and cheering each other on.

On Friday, Mr Campbell denied the woman thought she was heading to Fever Nightclub with the men after they left Mr Crown together.

"Before you got into the tuktuk I suggest you well knew you were heading to Jack's place," he said.

"No. And you asked me this question yesterday," she said.

He also questioned why she had not previously told police on the way to the taxi rank she received a piggy back by Sinclair.

The woman said on the night she questioned why they were heading to the taxi rank to travel such a small distance to the nightclub she thought they were heading to.

When she finally ended up at Fever with the men following the alleged assault, she says she managed to escape the pair when they became distracted in the queue.

The trial continues.