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De Belin rape trial jury hung for second time


Jack de Belin faces the prospect of a third trial over rape allegations after a Sydney jury returned hung verdicts to most charges.

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The St George Illawarra forward, 30, and Callan Sinclair, 24, have each pleaded not guilty to five counts alleging they sexually assaulted a woman in a North Wollongong unit in December 2018.

After a week of deliberations, the Sydney District Court jury acquitted the men of one charge.

But it was unable to return unanimous or 11-to-1 verdicts on the other four charges against each accused, the jury foreperson testified.

Judge Nicole Noman discharged the jury about 3pm.

Over a 13-day trial, the jury heard allegations de Belin attacked the woman in the bedroom of a North Wollongong unit after using the bathroom.

She said she told the men to stop and then “just let it happen”, crying as the men “took turns”.

The men both testified the sexual encounter was consensual, with the woman acting “normal” and appearing to enjoy it.

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