Dragons player Jack de Belin hit with additional rape charges

Extra: Dragons player Jack De Belin will face additional rape charges when he fronts court today. Picture: Adam McLean
Extra: Dragons player Jack De Belin will face additional rape charges when he fronts court today. Picture: Adam McLean

St George Illawarra Dragons player Jack de Belin has been hit with fresh charges over his alleged joint rape of a woman at a Wollongong unit block last December.

The Mercury can reveal de Belin will face Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday on not one but three rape charges after police quietly laid two additional counts of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent against the star forward earlier this month.

Charge sheets cited by the Mercury reveal the additional charges relate to the same alleged victim. It it understood they relate to individual acts alleged to have been committed by de Belin during the same sexual encounter that gave rise to the original charge.

Each of the three charges includes the description that de Belin was "in the company of another person" while the offence was committed.

Police will allege the second person involved was Shellharbour Sharks Group 7 player Callan Sinclair.

An additional charge was also laid against Sinclair.

Illawarra footballers Callan Sinclair (left) and Jack de Belin during earlier Wollongong court appearances. Pictures: Adam McLean

Illawarra footballers Callan Sinclair (left) and Jack de Belin during earlier Wollongong court appearances. Pictures: Adam McLean

Police documents previously tendered in court revealed the two players stand accused of repeatedly raping the woman inside de Belin's cousin's apartment on Gipps Street in the early hours of December 9.

De Belin allegedly began having sex with the woman before inviting Sinclair to participate, saying "come on, have a go", as the woman lay on the bed, crying.

The two men were charged in December and first fronted court in February, where both entered pleas of not guilty.

Wednesday's court appearance is expected to include a brief mention of both cases before a further adjournment of four weeks to ready the matters for committal.