R L Winger Posted April 21, 2021 Share Posted April 21, 2021 SAME STUFF REPEATED FROM THE LAST TRIAL!!! Jack de Belin, Callan Sinclair trial hears housemate lied about seeing footballers A key witness in the sexual assault trial of NRL star Jack de Belin has admitted in court he lied to police. A man who lived at the unit where NRL star Jack de Belin allegedly raped a teenager alongside friend Callan Sinclair has admitted he lied to police about what he saw that night because he didn’t want to reveal the footballer was cheating on his girlfriend. Troy Martin has told the men’s District Court trial he deliberately misled police by telling them he slept through the incident at the North Wollongong townhouse he shared with Mr de Belin’s cousin Jake Lewis. He told the court he actually woke to “murmurs” inside the home before walking to Mr Lewis’s bedroom where he saw a nude Mr de Belin at the foot of a bed, the naked woman lying on her back and Mr Sinclair standing nearby fully clothed. On day six of their trial, witness Mr Martin was asked by Mr de Belin’s barrister David Campbell SC why he lied when interviewed by police on the night of the incident, with the court hearing officers had only told him they were investigating a “serious matter”. “Once (I was) driving to the police station I realised I didn’t want to be involved in whatever happened … so I tried to say as little as possible to protect myself,” he said. Mr Scully also put to Mr Martin that his story about Mr de Belin leaving the bedroom to talk just as he was about to have sex with the woman was “complete fiction”. “I suggest to you that you are deliberately lying to this jury about this whole scenario about Mr de Belin coming out of the bedroom naked and having a chat with you,” Mr Scully said. Mr Martin replied: “I disagree.” On Wednesday the jury was also played audio of evidence given by tuktuk driver Gary Port at the men’s previous trial in November that could not be concluded. Mr Port said he picked up who he now knew to be Mr de Belin, Mr Sinclair and the woman at the end of Crown Street mall in the early hours of December 9, 2018. He said Mr de Belin – who he referred to as the “gentleman with the Akubra” – repeated “You’ll have to trust me” when asked several times for a drop-off address. Mr Port the lack of a clear answer caused him to “become alerted”. The driver said Mr de Belin directed him to a steep hill that he refused to peddle up and the trio hopped out, with the footballer handing him a $50 note. Mr Port said after hopping out of the tuktuk Mr de Belin said to the group “we’re going up the hill”, which drew protest from the woman. “I heard the girl distinctly what she said … ‘like ###### are we’,” he said. The court has heard evidence from the woman that she was reluctant to go inside the townhouse where she was allegedly raped. She claimed she only did so to use the toilet. After being paid, Mr Port said he left straight away and at the time had no idea who Mr de Belin was: “wouldn’t have if I fell over him”. He had a memory of the woman on the back flashing passing cars while on the journey but said he couldn’t be sure whether that incident occurred during a different fare. The trial before Judge Nicole Noman continues. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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