How Jack de Belin’s future will hang in the balance for months as he faces a retrial in April
- NRL star Jack de Belin to face a retrial in April 2021 to answer rape allegations
- A jury in Wollongong were unable to reach a majority verdict on case this week
- Mr de Belin has been banned from playing footy under NRL’s stand down policy
- He and Callan Sinclair accused of multiple aggravated sexual assault charges
The future of NRL star Jack de Belin will hang in the balance for a few months after it was confirmed a retrial has been set down in April next year in Sydney.
Along with co-accused Callan Sinclair, Mr de Belin will defend five charges of aggravated sexual assault in the Downing Centre in Sydney’s CBD from April 12.
It comes after no available date was available in Wollongong before August 2021.
Earlier this week, a jury in Wollongong Local Court was unable to deliver a unanimous or majority verdict against either accused man despite nine hours of deliberating.
It also followed three weeks of evidence in the high-profile trial against the two men, who have always maintained the sexual relations with the victim was consensual.
If found not guilty, Mr de Belin, 29, could save his NRL career. He has sat out the past two seasons for the St George Illawarra Dragons after he was banned under the code’s No-Fault Stand Down policy.
With a number of courts full with matters leading into Easter next year, Judge Haesler said at one stage a retrial date could have taken up to a year to secure.
An opening was eventually found at the Downing Centre, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The matter has been scheduled for a brief administrative hearing on April 1.