Dragons star Jack de Belin has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges in Wollongong court and is set to line-up for the club’s round one clash against North Queensland.
De Belin and friend Callan Sincalir were both accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year old woman. The pair entered not guilty pleas and the matter has been further adjourned to April 17, five weeks into the NRL season.
It is understood that the St George forward is free to lineup for the club’s first five games of the season.
The Dragons released the following statement on their club website regarding the issue:
“St George Illawarra player Jack de Belin appeared in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday in relation to the allegations made against him in December,” the statement reads.
“De Belin entered a plea of not guilty and court proceedings were adjourned until April.
“Lawyers made application to vary his bail conditions to enable de Belin to fulfil his training and playing commitments, which was approved.
“The club will make no further comment as this matter remains before the courts.”
New details have emerged regarding the seriousness of the issue, via the Illawarra Mecury.
The publisher is reporting that de Belin encouraged Sinclair to participate in the act, saying “come on, have a go”, while the victim was crying the bed.
De Belin has spent the last two months reporting to Wollongong Police Station twice a week.