/ 07 May 2021

Hayne jailed for sexual assault

Mayhem erupted after former NRL star Jarryd Hayne was sentenced to 5 years and 9 months jail time for sexually assaulting a woman on the night of the 2018 grand final. The 33yo must serve a minimum of 3 years and 8 months of his sentence before being eligible for parole. While an initial trial ended in a hung jury, a retrial in March found the Dally M winner guilty on two counts of sexual assault. Hayne said he intends to appeal the guilty verdict and maintains his innocence. Judge Helen Syme disagreed, saying he was “fully aware that the victim was not consenting and went ahead anyway”. In a victim impact statement, the unnamed woman yesterday said “Yes I am destroyed and damaged but I am still standing”.

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