NRL Football

Origin star bailed after being charged with ‘aggravated sexual assault’

UPDATE @ December 14, 6.15 AM | ST GEORGE forward and State of Origin star Jack De Belin has been released on conditional bail after being charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident south of Sydney.

The 27-year-old voluntarily attended Wollongong Police Station for questioning about 3.40pm on Thursday afternoon and was charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault in company.

The charges relate to an incident involving a 19-year-old woman at a unit in Wollongong on Sunday.

He’s been granted conditional bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

St George released a statement on Thursday night, saying they were “taking the matter very seriously”.

“The St George Illawarra Dragons have today been advised that forward Jack de Belin has been charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident in Wollongong,” the statement reads.

“The club is taking the matter very seriously and have been working with Jack and all relevant authorities, including the police and the NRL Integrity Unit, since this time.

“Jack has been provided with welfare support to enable him the time and opportunity to deal with the matter.

“As this is a police matter to be considered by the court, the club is not in a position to make any further comment at this time.”

FIRST at December 13, 5.50 PM |  ST GEORGE forward and State of Origin star Jack De Belin is the latest NRL player to be charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident south of Sydney.

The 27-year-old voluntarily attended Wollongong Police Station for questioning on Thursday afternoon and has since been charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault in company.

The charges relate to an incident involving a 19-year-old woman at a house in Wollongong on Sunday.

According to 9NEWS, the young woman “told police she got into a Pedi Cab with De Belin and another lower grade player under the impression they were going to another nightspot”.

The woman claims, however, that the two players said they needed to go to an apartment to get changed.

While at the apartment, about 1.30am, the woman allegedly went upstairs to use the bathroom and told police she came back down to find the two men naked.

It’s understood that’s when the players are alleged to have aggravatingly sexually assaulted her.

De Belin has reportedly denied any kind of assault and professed his innocence to club officials.

He is expected to be released on strict conditional bail ahead of his court appearance, a date for which has not yet been set.

Investigations into the allegations and involvement of the second player are continuing.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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Nick Philippoussis has child sex assault case dismissed

Australian tennis coach Nick Philippoussis will no longer have to stand trial on charges of child sexual assault after the case against him was dismissed.

The 68-year-old was arrested at his home in Mira Mesa in July last year and charged over the alleged rape of two nine-year-old girls in San Diego.

“Philippoussis works as a personal tennis coach in Northern San Diego County and the alleged molestation victims took tennis lessons from him,” Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said in a statement at the time of the arrest.

After pleading not guilty to the charges, Philippoussis suffered a massive stroke in a US jail in November last year and has been “completely incapacitated” ever since.

It’s understood he will never recover to face trial, hence the judge dismissing the case at today’s hearing.

According to local media, the victim’s families have accepted the decision and are looking forward to having some closure.

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Man bashed with ‘tree branches and sticks’ in violent robbery

A MAN has been robbed of his wallet and bag after being attacked by a group of teens in Logan Central overnight.

It’s understood the 55-year-old was walking through parklands near Civic Parade when he was confronted by the group, believed to be aged between 16 and 18.

He was then allegedly bashed with tree branches and sticks before the teens fled with his wallet and a bag.

The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics for abrasions to his head and right arm before being taken to Logan Hospital.

Police are urging anyone who may have seen the group in the area around the time of the incident or have any information about the incident to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May suspends Brexit vote

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has sensationally called off a controversial parliamentary vote on Brexit.

Ms May broke the news to members of Parliament on Monday and was met with loud laughter from several MPs.

“If we went ahead and held the vote tomorrow, the deal would be rejected by a significant margin,” she said.

“We will, therefore, defer the vote scheduled for tomorrow and not proceed to divide the house at this time.”

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It comes after the Prime Minister admitted there was concern over the controversial Northern Irish “backstop” – an arrangement which would ensure there is no return of a “hard border” between the British province and Ireland.

“On one issue – the Northern Ireland backstop – there remains widespread and deep concern,” Ms May said in Parliament on Monday.

It’s understood she will now go back to the EU and attempt to seek more concessions, despite MPs having little faith in the deal.

“The government has lost control of events and is in complete disarray,” Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said.

“It’s been evident for weeks that the Prime Minister’s deal did not have confidence of this House yet she ploughed on regardless, reiterating ‘this is the only deal available.'”

Middle-aged Australians ‘least satisfied’ with life, research reveals

New research has revealed that many Australians are hitting a ‘happiness slump’ in their 40s and 50s.

According to the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index survey, the wellbeing levels of middle aged Australians are significantly lower than those who are younger and older.

Around 1,965 Aussies were surveyed for the study, with the overall average life satisfaction scores of 46-55 year-olds just 73.3, compared with 75.5 for 26-35 year-olds and 77.1 for 66-75 year-olds.

It’s understood financial strain, relationship breakdown and feelings of a lack of achievement all play a large role.

“The survey data reveal that while many middle-aged Australians are travelling well, a significant group, around one in eight, are really struggling to get by, with life satisfaction scores well below normal,” the report’s author Dr Delyse Hutchinson, a Senior Research Fellow in Deakin University’s School of Psychology, said.

“They are more likely to report relationship problems or be living on their own, more likely to report significant financial strain, and more likely to report a lack of achievement in life and connectedness to their community.”

Dr Hutchinson said the findings are not really that surprising, with the middle adult years a “time of added life pressure” when jobs may be at their most intense, costs of living at their highest and caring responsibilities both for children and potentially ageing parents at their most demanding.

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