Jack de Belin’s alleged victim’s message to friend11th November 2020
Mr de Belin, 29, and Mr Sinclair, 23, have both pleaded not guilty to five counts each of aggravated sexual assault, claiming through their lawyers the encounter with the woman was consensual.
The court heard Mr Nobes had been in contact with the woman, who cannot be legally named, earlier in the day via Facebook Messenger, using his computer, as she was helping him find his phone.
Mr Nobes said he had been drinking heavily on December 8, and had been kicked out of the North Wollongong Hotel and regained consciousness later that evening at a nearby bus stop, realising he had lost his phone.
Under questioning by Mr de Belin’s barrister David Campbell SC, Mr Nobes said he was unaware of whether or not he had communicated with her on his phone before or after receiving the ‘help’ photo.
The jury heard that later that day the woman sent Mr Nobes another Snapchat photo from the police station, depicting the tiled floor, but he couldn’t exactly remember what the accompanying text said.
“It was like she was trying to get my attention that something was wrong, anyway,” Mr Nobes told the court.
The jury heard Mr Nobes asked the woman what happened, with her replying, “I got raped.” To this, Mr Nobes responded, “Um okay, yeah okay. By who?”
Another friend, Christopher Ninness, told the court he received a message from the woman at 2.11am on December 9 that read, “Chris I need help”.
Mr Ninness said he spoke to their friend Thomas Strong, who told him that he had seen the woman, Mr de Belin and Mr Sinclair in an Uber together earlier that night.
The woman had also told Mr Strong the men he had seen her with “abused me sexually”, the court previously heard.
The jury heard the woman told friends and colleagues what had happened before being encouraged to go to the police.
A friend of Mr Nobes’, Matthew Morris, took a photo of a Snapchat message exchange between the woman and Mr Nobes and sent it to a group of people on Snapchat, the court heard on Wednesday.
The trial continues.
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Angus Thompson is an Urban Affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.