The woman who has accused Jack de Belin of sexual assault says she can’t recall who she made a sexually suggestive gesture towards on a busy nightclub dancefloor, arguing it could have been directed “at a wall”.
Mr de Belin is standing trial in the Wollongong District Court where on Friday CCTV was played to the jury which showed the woman dancing and partying with the St George Illawarra forward in the early hours of December 9, 2018.
Mr de Belin, 29, and his co-accused Callan Sinclair, 23, have both pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated sexual assault and claimed that she had consented to sex with them.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, met the pair at the Mr Crown nightclub.
And footage previously shown to the court depicted her making a gesture, in which she made a “V” with two fingers and stuck her tongue in between, towards Mr Sinclair on the dancefloor before kissing him.
St George Illawarra star Jack de Belin has denied sexually assaulting a woman at a North Wollongong unit in late 2018. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Simon BullardSource:News Corp Australia
Barrister David Campbell SC, acting for Mr de Belin, has claimed that she also made the gesture, meant to signify oral sex, towards Mr de Belin.
On the fourth day of her evidence on Friday, the woman – who was 19-years-old at the time – was shown footage of her dancing with a group of people including Mr de Belin and Mr Sinclair.
It showed her embracing Mr de Belin and at point taking off his wide-brim hat and putting it on her own head.
As she was played sections of the CCTV, Mr Campbell suggested that she had made the suggestive gesture in the direction of Mr de Belin as well as Mr Sinclair.
However the woman denied the proposition, saying: “You can’t tell, (Mr de Belin and Mr Sinclair) are not on screen.”
She added: “It was two years ago, I don’t know who (the gesture) was directed at, it could have been directed at the wall.”
Jack de Belin arrives at Wollongong Court House. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Simon BullardSource:News Corp Australia
She also denied a proposition that the video depicted her smiling “affectionately” at Mr de Belin.
Video played to the jury during the week showed the woman allowing Mr Sinclair to touch her breasts before the pair briefly kissed.
However she denied it was proof that she was sexually attracted to him.
The woman has alleged that she was sexually assaulted vaginally, orally and anally after being lured under false pretences to a North Wollongong apartment where Mr de Belin’s cousin lived.
She said that after leaving the Mr Crown nightclub, they had agreed to go to a second club, Fever, just a short distance away.
Callan Sinclair is accused of sexually assaulting a woman alongside Jack de Belin. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Simon BullardSource:News Corp Australia
However she became confused after Mr de Belin and Mr Sinclair insisted they catch a tuktuk ride rather than walk.
According to the crown prosecution, Mr de Belin handed a $50 note to the driver and ordered him to make a detour towards the Gipps Street address.
She said that Mr Sinclair and Mr de Belin told her they needed to charge their phones and she agreed to enter because she needed to use the bathroom.
However, she has said that once inside Mr de Belin took off her clothes and she was sexually assaulted, leaving her with injuries and bruising to her collarbone and neck.
On Friday, she told the court that she never agreed to go to the apartment before they arrived.
“You trust people and you think you have their trust, you don’t think that someone will disobey your trust and take that away from you,” the woman said.
Mr Campbell argued that she knew “full well” that the plan was for to accompany the two men to the apartment.
“No,” the woman said.
“I thought we were going to Fever. That is what we had talked about – going to Fever.”
The trial before Judge Andrew Haesler continues.
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