Cop who allegedly lied during footy star Jack De Belin’s rape trial is branded a ‘flight risk’ as his case hits court for the first time

  • Dragons star and co-accused faced two trials 
  • Both trials ended in hung juries 
  • Shawn Adams has been charged with perjury

A former NSW Police officer charged with perjury over evidence he gave during NRL star Jack De Belin’s sexual assault legal proceedings has had bail conditions imposed as his matter was heard in court for the first time.

Former Detective Senior Constable Shawn Adams has been charged with perjury after allegedly lying under oath during Mr de Belin’s case in the Wollongong District Court in February 2020.

Prosecutors allege Adams, the lead detective in the sexual assault case, lied about what he found in text messages between de Belin and a contact saved as ‘Craig Lawyer’ that were contained on a Nokia mobile phone.

He allegedly lied in telling the court the texts related only to Dragons club business.

Dragons star Jack De Belin (pictured outside court in 2021) faced two trials for rape, both of which ended in hung juries  

The Director of Public Prosecutions dropped the sexual assault charges against De Belin and his co-accused, Callan Sinclair (pictured outside court)

The Director of Public Prosecutions dropped the sexual assault charges against De Belin and his co-accused, Callan Sinclair (pictured outside court) 

The Director of Public Prosecutions in mid-2021 dropped sexual assault charges against Mr de Belin and his co-accused Callan Sinclair following two District Court trials that ended in hung juries.

Both consistently maintained they were innocent of all allegations and had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

They were found not guilty of one count of sexual assault following their second trial, but the jury could not come to a decision on the remaining charges before the DPP chose not to pursue a third trial.

In 2021 the NSW Police’s Professional Standards Command began an investigation under the umbrella of Strike Force Ephemeris to investigate the conduct of officers in the case.

NSW Police said that after receiving advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Adams was charged with giving false evidence under oath amounting to perjury.

Former Detective Senior Constable Shawn Adams has been charged with perjury over his conduct while investigating the allegation that De Belin (pictured with partner Alyce Taylor) raped a 19-year-old Wollongong woman in 2018

Former Detective Senior Constable Shawn Adams has been charged with perjury over his conduct while investigating the allegation that De Belin (pictured with partner Alyce Taylor) raped a 19-year-old Wollongong woman in 2018

The St George Illawarra star (pictured) was stood down from playing in the NRL as a result of the charges against him

The St George Illawarra star (pictured) was stood down from playing in the NRL as a result of the charges against him

Mr Adams, 48, was not in Wollongong Local Court on Wednesday as the matter was mentioned for the first time.

The police prosecution asked for bail conditions to be imposed because of the risk of flight.

‘These are very serious charges and to be on the safe side there should be something to mitigate the risk of flight,’ magistrate Claire Girotto said.

Ms Girotto imposed bail conditions, including that Mr Adams only live at an address at Wilton, southwest of Sydney, and that he not approach a point of departure.

He will return to court in August.

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