NRL player Jack de Belin’s second child is expected to arrive during his rape trial which began in Sydney on Monday.
De Belin’s partner Alyce Taylor was heavily pregnant with their first child at the time when the footballer is alleged to have raped a teenage girl after a Christmas pub crawl in Wollongong in December 2018.
Following the police charges later that month and the birth of their daughter Billie Maree the following year, Taylor stuck with her man and the couple are now expecting their second child.
De Belin, 30, was pictured next to a heavily pregnant Taylor over the weekend at Billie Maree’s second birthday party.
The former NSW Blues star and under-contract St George Illawarra player reportedly smiled and sung happy birthday alongside some NRL teammates and their partners.
De Belin arrived at Downing Centre District Court on Monday morning alongside his co-accused and good friend Callan Sinclair, who each face five charges of aggravated sexual assault.
Both men have pleaded not guilty. They insist the group sex was consensual.
De Belin has not played a game the past two seasons after he was stood down by the NRL over the rape allegation stemming from the incident.
He was reportedly diagnosed with testicular cancer last year after finding a lump in his testicle – he had keyhole surgery in September.
De Belin trained with the Dragons in 2019 and 2020 but new coach Anthony Griffin said the lock won’t be doing so again until his name is cleared.
St George have stunned the critics this season under the old-school tutelage of Griffin and won four of their opening five games to sit fourth on the ladder.
The trial is expected to last for three weeks.