Date set for decision in Jack de Belin's pre-trial legal argument

Jack de Belin enters Wollongong courthouse
Jack de Belin enters Wollongong courthouse

Sidelined Illawarra Dragons star Jack de Belin will learn the result of his pre-trial legal argument in four weeks.

Judge Andrew Haesler announced on Friday afternoon he would hand down his decision in the pre-trial case on August 28, after hearing more than three weeks worth of evidence and submissions.

De Belin and his co-accused, Callan Sinclair, stand accused of sexually assaulting a young woman inside a North Wollongong unit block during a night out in December 2018.

They have pleaded not guilty to all charges against them.

The pair had been due to stand trial in early February however lawyers for both men raised significant legal complications in the case they said needed to be resolved before a trial could begin.

They spent the following week-and-a-half in pre-trial legal argument before a key witness in the discussions fell ill.

The case was adjourned to April but those sittings had to be abandoned due to COVID-19 and the case was rescheduled to June 22.

Callan Sinclair with his solicitor, Graeme Morrison.

Callan Sinclair with his solicitor, Graeme Morrison.

Lawyers for both parties spent the week debating the issues in question.

At the time it was hoped the matter could be resolved by the end of the week, however protracted discussions meant closing submissions were not finished by that Friday and the case was given two more hearing days.

The submissions concluded on Friday, at which time Judge Haesler reserved his decision for a month.

He had previously indicated it would take him "a couple of weeks" to review all the material, make a decision and prepare a written judgement.

Details of what has been discussed in the pre-trial legal argument cannot be published for significant legal reasons.

The court has pencilled in the duo's joint trial for three weeks in November.

De Belin and Sinclair, who have been in court for each day of the proceedings, remain on conditional bail.

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