A Wollongong jury has told a judge that it is impossible to pass judgment on the trial of NRL striker Jack de Belin and his friend Callan Sinclair.
The NSW home state representative (29) and Sinclair (23) are accused of. Raping a then 19-year-old woman in a unit in North Wollongong on December 23, 2018.
Both have pleaded not guilty in five cases of aggravated sexual assault and argued that the sex was consensual.
After roughly six hours of deliberation, the Wollongong District Court jury returned a message to Judge Andrew Haesler around noon on Monday.
“Despite careful examination of all available evidence, we were unable to reach a unanimous verdict,” Judge Haesler read to the court.
« I will urge you to return to the elements, return to the evidence, return to the points that separate you as a jury, » he said.
“Take the evidence calmly and rationally . . . about the legal points that have been explained to you and the things that separate you. ”
As the judge read his instructions, both men in the dock shook their heads while de Belin stared at the floor.
Since the start of the trial on 3. On November 23, allegations were made that the 19-year-old woman was assaulted after leaving a bedroom in a unit rented by de Belin’s cousin.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the jury that the men ignored her protests and raped her when she cried and just « let it happen ». .
The men who both wanted to testify said the woman agreed, said « yes » and seemed to be enjoying the threesome.
De Belin had cheated on his longtime partner when he got involved in the threesome, his lawyer told the court.
“What happened cannot be commended, but certainly not . . . include criminal conduct by Mr. de Belin or Mr. Sinclair, ”concluded de Belin’s attorney David Campbell SC.
Judge Haesler has informed the jury that there is « no magical time » it takes for a juror to reach a verdict.
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