Rugby league player Jack De Belin will face two new rape charges on top of an existing count filed last year, after NSW Police recently laid fresh charges related to the same incident.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the St George Illawarra player, 28, will today front Wollongong Local Court in relation to the alleged rape of a woman at a Wollongong apartment on December 9 last year.
De Belin now stands accused of three counts of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent, each thought to relate to a specific incident of alleged offending.
He was initially charged in December on one count, after a woman alleged he and friend Callan Sinclair, 21, raped her at an apartment owned by De Belin’s cousin.
De Belin and Sinclair allegedly left a nightclub with the woman for the apartment, where De Belin forced himself on the woman. He then allegedly told Sinclair to “have a go.” Both men are accused of a joint rape.
At a court appearance in February, De Belin pleaded not guilty to the first charge.
Sinclair was previously charged on one count of aggravated sexual assault in company, to which he also pleaded not guilty. He has not faced any further charges.
The matter is expected to be adjourned for a month before a committal hearing.
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