Kurtley Beale trial: Mother-in-law of woman who accused rugby star of sexual assault tells about their shopping trip days later

Kurtley Beale has pleaded not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent 

A woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Wallabies star Kurtley Beale in the bathroom flew interstate to shop for wedding dress hours later, a court has heard.

Mr Beale, 35, is facing a jury trial at Sydney’s Downing Centre Court after pleading not guilty to sexual intercourse without consent and two counts of sexual touching.

Police allege Mr Beale groped a woman’s bottom at the Beach Road bar in Bondi on December 17, 2022, before forcing her into oral sex in a stall in the men’s bathroom.

The jury were told the 29-year-old flew up to southeast Queensland the following day to be with her fiance’s family, with whom she confided about the allegations.

At a local cafe, the woman told her mother-in-law to-be “Kurtley (Beale) followed me into the toilet and pinned me against the wall and tried to have sex with me”.

In her evidence, the mother-in-law said the woman had told her fiance “something really weird happened”, and that he was flying up early to be with her.

The mother-in-law drove the woman to a northern NSW police station where she made a statement to police. On the way, she further described the allegation.

“She said ‘He (Mr Beale) was pissed. I don’t think he’d remember … he could hardly stand up, and was pinching me on the arse all night,” the mother-in-law said.

The woman later added after leaving that “He tried to put his dick in my mouth”, to which her mother-in-law replied: “Why didn’t you bite the f*****g thing”.

The jury heard evidence from four members of the couple’s families on Monday about the woman’s earliest allegations, including her mother and father.

They described her as being “frazzled” and breaking down in tears during the morning after the alleged incident, while her father said she was in “mental anguish”.

Her mother gave evidence that her daughter had alleged she was “sexually assaulted”, and that her first reaction was: “Why are you on the plane? Why did you go?”

The mother-in-law of Kurtley Beale's alleged victim - who is not pictured - went on a shopping trip with her days later

The mother-in-law of Kurtley Beale’s alleged victim – who is not pictured – went on a shopping trip with her days later

“She said she had to get away. She had to process what happened. I was concerned about her being away and having to deal with this without us there,” the mother said.

Under cross examination, Mr Beale’s barrister, Margaret Cunneen SC, grilled the witnesses about an argument between the woman and her fiancé that week.

Each witness of the four witness denied knowing of the argument, with her father stating that she was happy when the couple arrived in Sydney the night before.

The four witnesses also gave evidence as to the order of events on the night, including claims contrary to CCTV that the woman entered the men’s bathroom first.

In her evidence, the woman claimed Mr Beale had been “forceful” and “desperate” and had asked for sex before barging in on her in the men’s stall and locking the door.

In cross-examination, Ms Cunneen suggested to the woman she instead was the one “in control” of the encounter and had used the allegation to get sympathy for her fiancé.

The jury also heard evidence from the woman’s fiancé during the second week of the trial, who spoke about the pair’s relationship, and were also shown CCTV footage.

The trial will continue on Monday.

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