St George Illawarra rugby league participant, Jack de Belin, 27, has entered a not responsible plea in courtroom to a sexual assault cost and has had his bail circumstances eased.
The alleged aggravated sexual assault in firm on a 19-year previous girl after an evening out, allegedly occurred in a Wollongong house early on the morning of Sunday, December 13.
Twenty-one-year previous Shellharbour Sharks participant Callan Sinclair was additionally in courtroom to plead not responsible to the identical cost.
The courtroom heard if discovered responsible De Belin, a NSW State of Origin ahead, might face a custodial sentence of as much as 20 years.
De Belin’s barrister David Campbell SC sought to range bail circumstances to allow him to journey interstate to NRL video games, with the season opener in opposition to the Cowboys set to be performed in Queensland on March 16.
Justice of the Peace Roger Clisdell agreed to take away the circumstances he report back to Wollongong police station twice every week.
“Given he is a high-profile sports activities particular person, he is been within the media for plenty of years, I do not suppose he presents a flight threat,” Justice of the Peace Clisdell instructed the courtroom.
He additionally famous De Belin has a companion of six years who’s pregnant, however dominated he would nonetheless be required to give up his passport and was forbidden from attending worldwide airports.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Sean Thackray opposed the stress-free of bail circumstances, noting the seriousness of the offence.
Exterior the courtroom each De Belin and Sinclair declined to remark to ready media.
The St George Illawarra Dragons issued a press release noting De Belin’s not responsible plea however declined to remark additional because the matter stays earlier than the courts.
Each the accused are on account of return to courtroom on April 17.