'Nothing was consensual': Alleged rape victim testifies against Jack de Belin

Australian Associated Press
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St. George Illawarra player Jack de Belin leaves the Wollongong District Court. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING
St. George Illawarra player Jack de Belin leaves the Wollongong District Court. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING

Jack de Belin's alleged rape victim has repeatedly told a jury "nothing was consensual that night" and denied suggestions she did not say "stop or no".

She also denied suggestions from the NRL star's barrister that she had taken off her top and positioned herself on the bed lying on her back.

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David Campbell SC was continuing his cross-examination on Monday at the Wollongong District Court trial of the St George Illawarra player and Callan Sinclair.

De Belin, 29, and his 23-year-old friend have pleaded not guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of the then 19-year-old woman after meeting her in Wollongong bar Mr Crown in December 2018.

They say their sexual contact was consensual.

The woman has testified that she thought the trio was headed to another club in the early hours of December 9 before de Belin led the group to a North Wollongong unit "to charge his phone".

She said initially told the men she'd wait outside for them before asking to use the bathroom.

She denied Mr Campbell's suggestion on Monday that there had been no discussion about her using the bathroom before they entered the unit.

"There was talk about the bathroom - why would I go to someone's room if I don't know the place?" she said.

Alleged de Belin victim stands firm behind evidence

She maintained her evidence that while on the toilet in a bedroom ensuite, de Belin walked in naked and began showering - causing her to exit quickly.

She denied Mr Campbell's suggestion that she was kissing Sinclair in the bedroom while de Belin was in the bathroom, before he came up behind her with a towel around his waist which he then dropped.

Jack de Belin is pictured playing for St George Illawarra.
Jack de Belin's NRL career is hanging in the balance while his trial continues. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

After she said she remembered his "wet body coming off me on my back", Mr Campbell described this as a "new flourish" to her evidence.

"I still remember that pain every time I get into the shower," she said.

"That is what trauma does, it makes you remember what happened before."

She denied Mr Campbell's suggestion that she had been lying on the bed naked when a male flatmate of the owner of the unit came to the door.

The trial continues.

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