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A 19-year-old woman cried and felt "dead inside" while she was sexually assaulted by two rugby league players who cheered each other on and said "keep going", a court has heard.
St George Illawarra NRL forward Jack de Belin and Shellharbour Sharks player Callan Sinclair are on trial in the NSW District Court accused of assaulting the woman at a North Wollongong unit in the early hours of December 9, 2018, after meeting her at a nearby nightclub during a Santa pub crawl.
Both have pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual assault. It is the second trial they have faced, after an earlier trial was unable to be concluded.
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On Wednesday, Crown prosecutor David Scully said in opening remarks that the woman, who knew Mr Sinclair socially, had finished work at 9pm before getting changed and going to the Mr Crown nightclub, where she interacted with both men on the dance floor.
Mr Scully said the woman embraced Mr de Belin and gave Mr Sinclair a playful kiss, but the Crown case is "she did not want to have sex with either of them".
"From the complainant's point of view, it was Christmas time, and she was just having fun and dancing," Mr Scully said.
He said Mr de Belin came to a different view, and "hoped and expected" the trio would have a consensual threesome. The prosecutor said Mr de Belin told the first trial that he turned to Mr Sinclair and said words to the effect of "I think we're on here".
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Mr Sinclair told the first trial that Mr de Belin turned to him and said something like, "Me, you and [the woman], are you keen?"
The trio then left the club, with the woman believing they were going to another nightclub, but instead Mr de Belin directed a tuktuk to take them to the unit block of his cousin who wasn't home, Mr Scully said.
The trial is expected to hear from the tuktuk driver that when the trio arrived at the bottom of a steep hill and got out, because he wasn't able to pedal to the top, he heard Mr de Belin say they were going to a unit and the woman respond, "like f--- we are".
Mr Scully said the trio climbed over the gate of the unit and the woman initially said she would stay outside while the men went in to charge their phones, however she joined them because she had to go to the bathroom. He said she was shown to an ensuite bathroom, and as she finished up Mr de Belin walked in "completely naked".
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He said Mr de Belin had a shower and emerged from the ensuite still naked, then undid the woman's top and pushed her onto the bed.
"She said ‘stop'," Mr Scully said. "[He was] determined to have sex with her, and determined to have the threesome he hoped and expected … on the Crown case, he would not take no for an answer."
Mr Scully said the woman continued to say "stop" as Mr de Belin took off her shorts and began to have sex with her while she had "tears in her eyes" and felt "numb inside".
"He made a decision … to take that sex by force," Mr Scully said. "When Mr de Belin started to take sex by force, that became apparent to Mr Sinclair, and he decided to join in."
Mr Scully said the pair switched places between the woman's genitals and mouth and "were both cheering each other on", with Mr de Belin telling Mr Sinclair: "Yeah Cal, keep going".
"They kept saying ‘keep going' and cheering each other on … she was dead inside, and she was numb, and she was also still crying," Mr Scully said.
He said Mr Sinclair left to take a shower and the assault finished when Mr de Belin ejaculated on the woman's back. All three then returned to central Wollongong in an Uber, with the woman making a statement to police later that day.
Mr de Belin's barrister David Campbell SC said his client and Mr Sinclair have never disputed that there was a consensual sexual encounter with the woman. He said there is a "significant additional body of evidence" which contradicts the conclusion the Crown has invited the jury to reach.
"Each of them have forcefully, emphatically, repeatedly - and consistently, most importantly - denied that there was anything untoward about what happened," Mr Campbell said. "That is, everything that took place at those premises on that night was consensual."
Mr Campbell said recorded phone calls of Mr de Belin and Mr Sinclair show "utterances of honest men who have nothing to hide, you might think".
Defence barrister Sharyn Hall, for Mr Sinclair, said her client is a young man from a loving family who has never been in trouble before.
"Callan Sinclair did not sexually assault [the woman]. He did not do that," she said.
The trial continues.
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