Former NRL star jailed over sexual assault of woman

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne will spend at least three years and eight months behind bars for the rape of a woman more than two years ago.

Hayne was found guilty in March of sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home in 2018.

The 33-year-old had denied assaulting the woman, insisting that the sex was consensual.


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His trial heard Hayne went to the woman’s home on the night of the 2018 NRL Grand Final after being in Newcastle for a buck’s weekend.

Hayne’s victim read an emotional victim impact statement at a sentencing hearing in Newcastle on Thursday.

“What I experienced was horrible, nobody should ever have to feel that way. I am destroyed and damaged but I am still standing,” she told the court.

“Your body remembers and your mind doesn’t forget. I survived this and I have protected a tiny spark of my life.

“I was flooded with emotions and incomprehensible feeling.

“Why didn’t you stop, [there were] so many questions were running through my head.

“I felt dirty and violated, you made me feel like an object and was looking straight through me.”

Former Parramatta Eels NRL captain Tim Mannah took to the stand to give a reference for Hayne, telling the court Hayne’s behaviour had changed after he attended a bible college in Perth.

The court also heard Hayne was poised to sign a one-year deal with St George-Illawarra worth $500,000 on the day he was charged.

Hayne was given a maximum sentence of five years and nine months.

In sentencing, Judge Helen Syme said she did not accept that Hayne did not know that the victim did not want to have sex with him.

“I do not accept that he was not aware that she was attempting to push him away and trying to physically resist him.

“I have found the offender was fully aware that the victim was not consenting and went ahead anyway. His decision to do so increases the objective seriousness.”

 

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