A jury will deliberate whether or not to search out Wallabies star Kurtley Beale responsible or harmless of an sexual assault in a Sydney bar toilet following a weeks-long trial.
Mr Beale, 35, confronted a jury trial at Sydney’s Downing Centre Courtroom after pleading not responsible to sexual activity with out consent and two counts of sexual touching.
Police allege Mr Beale groped a girl’s backside on the Seaside Street bar in Bondi on December 17, 2022, earlier than forcing her into oral intercourse within the stall of the lads’s toilet.
After virtually three weeks of proof, the jury of seven girls and 5 males had been despatched out on Friday for deliberation by Justice Graham Turnbull.
In her closing handle, Mr Beale’s barrister Margaret Cunneen claimed the girl was “in management” of the encounter and used the allegation to get sympathy from her fiance.
Crown prosecutor Jeff Tunks advised the jury that the Crown must show the act, that the girl didn’t consent, and that Mr Beale knew she didn’t or was reckless with it.
In her proof, the girl advised the jury that Mr Beale had been “forceful” and “determined” when pleading for intercourse earlier than barging in on her within the toilet stall.
The jury was proven a variety of proof, with a secretly recorded telephone name throughout which the girl put the allegations to Mr Beale being a big focus within the case.
Within the name, Mr Beale acknowledged the pair had “connected” earlier than later admitting when pressed by the girl that she had stated no and he had “misjudged the state of affairs”.
Of the decision, Ms Cunneen stated: “Mr Beale genuinely believed she had given and communicated consent … When she spoke one thing completely different (he) says he will need to have misinterpret it.”
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