Why a scrap of paper thrown in the bin by a police officer has taken centre stage at cricket star...
A police officer has been grilled in court after she revealed she wrote an allegation of a sexual assault by a Sri Lankan cricketer on scrap pieces of paper that she later threw in the bin.
International cricket star Danushka Gunathilaka is facing a judge-alone trial at the Downing Centre District Court after pleading not guilty to one charge of sexual assault without consent.
The charge relates to an incident in November last year when it is alleged Mr Gunathilaka removed a condom while having sex - known as stealthing - with a woman at her home in Sydney's east.
The pair first met at the Opera Bar near the Sydney Opera House, where CCTV footage shows them embracing as they meet, before having drinks together in the city and heading back to the woman's home via ferry.
Crown prosecutor Gabrielle Steedman told the court on Wednesday that the woman decided to go to police the following Saturday, November 5, after discussing the matter with friends.