Rape claims against Warrior defy logic - lawyer

A barrister for New Zealand Warriors league player Michael Crockett has told a Sydney magistrate that rape claims made against him defied logic and would not convince a jury.

Crockett, 25, fronted a committal hearing on Friday at Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on three sex charges.

The diminutive NRL winger is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman whom he met at a nightclub during after-game celebrations in August last year.

His lawyer, Geoff Bellew SC, today urged Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Syme to dismiss the case, arguing the evidence was nonsensical, uncorroborated and inconsistent.

The offences allegedly took place at the woman's Alexandria flat in inner Sydney following a night out at the Sapphire Suite in Kings Cross on August 6.

Her elder sister, who also lived at the flat, was called to give evidence at a previous session of the hearing in June.

The 21-year-old told Ms Syme she saw Crockett lying on top of her sister when she entered her bedroom shortly before 7am (AEST).

Under cross examination she agreed there had been no noises or other signs of distress from her sister's bedroom that morning, and told the magistrate she was "shocked" by the subsequent rape claims.

Mr Bellew said the older woman contradicted her sister's account of the morning's events on a number of key issues, and submitted that her testimony "in fact exculpates (Crockett)".

"The evidence is diametrically opposed," Mr Bellew told the court.

"Within the crown's own case there's a direct internal inconsistency between the two accounts.

"It is, in my respectful submission, simply contrary to common sense that (the alleged offences) could have happened."

Mr Bellew said the sister's evidence exposed a "tendency to embellish" by the alleged victim, and eroded her credibility, revealing the claims to be "demonstrably false".

"(The sister) saw nothing at all which even remotely suggested that her sister was in any difficulty," he said.

"It's completely and wholly exculpatory of the defendant and completely inconsistent with the proposition that an offence was being committed at that time."

Ms Syme ruled that there was sufficient evidence to satisfy a jury that an offence had been committed, and asked Crockett whether he wished to say anything or call any evidence before deciding whether he should stand trial.

"No your honour," he replied.

Wearing a black suit and accompanied by members of his family, Crockett sat anxiously behind Mr Bellew as he made his submissions.

The magistrate is expected to make her final decision at 2pm (AEDT) (4pm NZ time) today.

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