St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin will remain subject to the NRL’s no-fault stand down rule after the jury in his rape trial failed to reach a verdict on Monday.
The Wollongong jury was discharged after it was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of de Belin and his friend Callan Sinclair.
The NSW State of Origin representative, 29, and Sinclair, 23, stood accused of raping a woman, then 19, in a North Wollongong unit in the early hours of December 9, 2018.
Following a three-and-a-half week trial and nearly two days of deliberations, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on any of the charges.
The matter will be back in court on Wednesday to determine the future of the proceedings, with a second trial possible.
De Belin will remain a contracted NRL player under the no-fault stand down rule which applies to players charged with criminal offences that carry a maximum sentence of 11 years or more.
Players are allowed to train but cannot play. De Belin hasn’t played since the 2018 season.
“The no-fault stand down rule is not about forming a view on the guilt or innocence of an individual, it is about protecting the values and reputation of the game while a serious criminal process is underway,” NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said.
“Mr de Belin will remain subject to the no-fault stand down rule until his criminal proceedings have been determined by the court.
”The NRL will continue to monitor the outcome of Mr de Belin’s criminal proceedings.”
The Dragons released a brief statement vowing to “continue to provide the necessary welfare support to de Belin and his family”.
– with AAP