The Australian

Jarryd Hayne launches appeal

Jarryd Hayne arrives at Newcastle Court before being sentenced to jail. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman
Jarryd Hayne arrives at Newcastle Court before being sentenced to jail. Picture: AAP Image/Darren Pateman
  • STEVE ZEMEK
  • NCA NEWSWIRE
  • MAY 7, 2021

Convicted sex offender and fallen NRL star Jarryd Hayne has launched an appeal against his rape conviction.

The 33-year-old was sentenced on Thursday to five years and nine months in prison by District Court Judge Helen Syme after being found guilty of two charges of sexual assault.

A jury found him guilty of two counts of sexual assault of a then 26-year-old woman inside her Newcastle home in September, 2018.

After a jury in March found him guilty, Hayne flagged his intention to appeal his conviction.

“I’ll definitely appeal,” he said at the time.

During a sentencing hearing at the Newcastle District Court on Thursday, Hayne continued to profess his innocence.

“I didn’t do it,” he said.

Jarryd Hayne continues to maintain his innocence. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Christian Gilles
Jarryd Hayne continues to maintain his innocence. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Christian Gilles

Hayne’s lawyers on Friday, lodged paperwork in the Court of Appeal.

A spokesperson for the courts confirmed Hayne’s legal team had filed a notice of intention to appeal in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal.

It is not known what the grounds of the appeal will be, but Hayne has continued to profess his innocence, despite a jury of seven men and five women finding him guilty of both charges of performing oral and digital sex on the woman without her consent on NRL grand final night in 2018.

A female supporter in the public gallery yelled “you’re innocent” as Hayne was sentenced on Thursday.

Outside court, a group of his supporters clashed with reporters as tempers flared.

There were also ugly scenes as one of his supporters allegedly spat in the direction of his victim.

Donald Elley of Bellingen November 21, 2018:

At Hillsong you either learn how to make heaps of money, how to con others to make heaps of money, or how to become a sexual deviate.

Jarryd Hayne goes to Hillsong when he’s not drunk or doing vampire acts on innocent females.

“Police allege he sexually assaulted the woman, ripping off her clothes and biting her on her genitals, drawing blood.”

Sydney Morning Herald article below

Frank Houston Hillsong’s Founder was Hillsong’s first vampire who preyed on little boys souls and sucked the blood out of their lives.

Many Hillsong members have followed his example. Take Pat Mesiti for example, or Frank Houston’s son Brian- a very greedy man who has raped the Christian church of its cash for many decades under the pretence of being a holy caring Christian pastor. Like father, like son.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Jarryd Hayne allegedly bit woman on the genitals, before taxi

back to Sydney

New details continue to emerge over an alleged sexual assault committed by NRL player Jarryd Hayne, including that he bit the female victim on her genital area, causing severe bleeding that required her to seek medical attention.

It can also be revealed that – in the early hours of the morning, after the alleged incident in the Hunter region – Hayne was back in Sydney’s western suburbs drinking with another NRL player.

Jarryd Hayne has been charged by police.
Jarryd Hayne has been charged by police. CREDIT:SMH

The revelations come two days after Hayne handed himself in to police, who charged him with aggravated sexual assault.

Police will allege the former Parramatta Eels fullback was intoxicated when he went to the housenorth of Newcastle, which the woman shared with her mother, on the Sunday night of the NRL grand final. The woman’s mother was at home at the time of the alleged incident.

Hayne was allegedly drinking in the Newcastle or Central Coast area before he travelled in a taxi to visit the woman with whom he had been communicating on a social messenger app.

Once there, it is alleged he asked the taxi to wait about 20 minutes.

Nine hours after he handed himself in to police, Hayne was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in the Hunter region on NRL Grand Final night.

Police allege he sexually assaulted the woman, ripping off her clothes and biting her on her genitals, drawing blood.

It is believed that Hayne then travelled in the same taxi back to Sydney.

The Herald understands the woman suffered severe injuries from the bite wound and sought medical treatment the following day.

The Herald also understands Hayne was then seen drinking with another NRL player at the Merrylands Bowling Club, about 3am on Monday.

Jarryd Hayne was believed to have been drinking at the Merrylands Bowling Club, hours after the alleged incident at Newcastle.
Jarryd Hayne was believed to have been drinking at the Merrylands Bowling Club, hours after the alleged incident at Newcastle. CREDIT:GOOGLE MAPS

Accompanied by his manager Wayne Beavis, Hayne attended Ryde police station on Monday night. He spent 10 hours there before he was granted conditional bail.

He is bound by a number of strict bail conditions, including reporting to police three times a week, surrendering his passport and posting a $20,000 surety.

A police source said Hayne was yet to make any comment or statement on the record to police, and has so far “declined to be interviewed”.

“The documents alleged the “heavily intoxicated” woman, aged in her 20s and known as JV, had little memory of arriving at his apartment.

Her next memory was of being in a bedroom and the silhouette of a man coming towards her.

She claimed he flipped her around and told her “no kissing” before she felt an “extremely sharp pain” in her vagina. The woman said she recognised the man’s voice as Hayne’s.

She woke naked and in a pool of blood the next day, the documents state.

The woman, whose identity is suppressed, was a devout Christian who claimed to have been saving her virginity for marriage.”

The Australian article below.

 

Donald Elley of Bellingen:

It’s good Jarryd Haynes is heading to jail in May. You can’t go around the world treating women like Jarryd Hanes has. Didn’t his church Hillsong teach Jarryd Hayne how to treat a woman? Apparently not. 

Hillsong, Australian rugby league gods and Australian politicians like Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney General Christian Porter think they can get away with anything, but their time will come. 

For Jarryd Hanes, I can’t see him avoiding some serious jail-time even on appeal. Jarryd Hayne may find it difficult to avoid some “special treatment” from the bros in jail, who may not take kindly to “a bro” rough-treating women. Even his dark skin from his Maori father, a former New Zealand league player, may not protect him from some rough treatment in the clink. Even special personal intimate rough treatment like what he’s dished out to certain women in Australia and America in his lifetime. 

 

The Australian

Jarryd Hayne’s US rape allegations

Jarryd Hayne was accused of rape while playing for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. Picture: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Jarryd Hayne was accused of rape while playing for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. Picture: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Former NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne’s now completed sexual assault trial was not the first time he has been accused of rape.

Hayne, a two-time Dally M medal winner and Parramatta Eels great, was on Monday found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman at a home in Newcastle in 2018.

But the 33-year-old also faced serious sexual assault allegations from a US woman, who claimed he forced himself on her during his stint playing for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL five years ago.

He was never charged, with police saying there was insufficient evidence for criminal action, but in 2017 the woman sued the football star in the US District Court.

Jarryd Hayne walks onto the field against the St Louis Rams in 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Picture: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Jarryd Hayne walks onto the field against the St Louis Rams in 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Picture: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Hayne “unequivocally and vehemently” denied the accusations brought in Santa Clara County through his lawyers in Sydney.

The parties ended up settling the matter out of court for an undisclosed amount that was “mutually agreeable”.

Hayne was being sued for sexual battery, battery, gender violence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

According to court documents filed in the US lawsuit, Hayne met a woman through mutual friends at a bar in California after a 49ers game on December 21, 2015.

The two later caught an Uber to his home in San Jose.

The former NRL superstar pleaded not guilty to sexual assault in his Australian rape case. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Christian Gilles
The former NRL superstar pleaded not guilty to sexual assault in his Australian rape case. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Christian Gilles

The documents alleged the “heavily intoxicated” woman, aged in her 20s and known as JV, had little memory of arriving at his apartment.

Her next memory was of being in a bedroom and the silhouette of a man coming towards her.

She claimed he flipped her around and told her “no kissing” before she felt an “extremely sharp pain” in her vagina. The woman said she recognised the man’s voice as Hayne’s.

She woke naked and in a pool of blood the next day, the documents state.

The woman, whose identity is suppressed, was a devout Christian who claimed to have been saving her virginity for marriage.

Jarryd Hayne played one season in San Francisco. Picture: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Jarryd Hayne played one season in San Francisco. Picture: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
The suit claimed Hayne engaged in non-consensual sexual intercourse with a ‘Ms V’ in December 2015. Picture: Supplied
The suit claimed Hayne engaged in non-consensual sexual intercourse with a ‘Ms V’ in December 2015. Picture: Supplied

Her lawsuit claimed she and Hayne exchanged messages on Instagram with the woman asking what had happened to her, and the running back saying they had “hooked up”.

The court documents stated she experienced vaginal pain for several months after the alleged rape.

After months of anxiety, she reported the incident to San Jose police in May 2016, however, the district attorney ruled there was not enough evidence to prove her allegations.

Hayne had returned to Australia to restart his NRL career by the time the civil case was launched.

He shocked fans when revealing his decision to leave rugby league in 2014 to pursue a lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.

His tearful announcement came shortly after he had been named as the joint best player in the NRL, sharing that year’s Dally M medal with Johnathan Thurston.

Jarryd Hayne and Johnathan Thurston, the joint winners of the 2014 Dally M Award. Picture: Richard Dobson
Jarryd Hayne and Johnathan Thurston, the joint winners of the 2014 Dally M Award. Picture: Richard Dobson
Hayne celebrates scoring for the Eels during his last season in the NRL in 2018. Picture: Jason McCawley/Getty Images
Hayne celebrates scoring for the Eels during his last season in the NRL in 2018. Picture: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Hayne was drafted to the 49ers and made eight NFL appearances during one season, but announced his retirement from the sport in May 2016 after being dropped from the franchise’s 53-man roster.

He then played for Fiji’s Rugby Sevens team before joining the Gold Coast Titans in 2016 and made an emotional return to Parramatta two years later.

In November 2018, he was charged with sexually assaulting a woman, then 26, on the night of that year’s grand final at a home on the outskirts of Newcastle.

He has not played professional sport since.

Following a seven-day trial before the Downing Centre District Court, Hayne was this week found guilty of two counts of sexual assault.

The recently married Hayne had pleaded not guilty and claimed the sexual interaction was consensual.

He was found not guilty of the more serious charge of aggravated sexual assault while recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm.

The former cross-code football star faces the possibility of serious jail time and will be sentenced on May 6.

HEATH PARKES-HUPTON

COURT REPORTER Heath Parkes-Hupton is a court reporter with NCA NewsWire, joining the organisation at its launch in June 2020. 

Daily Telegraph Sydney

Inside the rise and fall of NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne’s career tailspin can be traced back to the moment he was caught in two different worlds. It was the start of a bitter decline.

Tyson OttoFollow@tottodtsport March 22, 2021 

Jarryd Hayne was the biggest star in Australian sport when he returned from America in 2016. 

The 33-year-old’s NFL career amounted to eight games and just 76 yards, but his brave move to quit rugby league in 2015 just months after being crowned the best player in the league for a second time captivated the country.

His popularity sparked an ambitious move into his own sporting apparel brand that ultimately failed.

His next code-hop to win a spot on the Fiji Rugby 7’s Olympics squad ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro also fell flat — but the interest in his rollercoaster ride continued to make him a national figure bigger than the usual state divide separating AFL and NRL heartlands.

He then went on to sign what was at the time the richest contract ever seen in the NRL, when he returned to the Gold Coast Titans in 2016 on a two-year contract worth up to $2.4 million.

First he was the Hayne Train, an unstoppable juggernaut in 2009. Then he became the Hayne Plane in 2014 with his iconic wingspan try celebrations during a run of six straight best-on-ground performances.

Jarryd Hayne returned a superstar, despite failing to lock up a second season with the 49ers.

Jarryd Hayne returned a superstar, despite failing to lock up a second season with the 49ers.

He was expected to cash in on his red-hot 2014 NRL season with an even richer deal, before he left the league with a year to run on his contract to take up a development deal with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL, a contract reportedly worth $2.1 million over three years as a free agent deal that the team would be able to cut at any time.

The rivers of gold all dried up, however, in 2018 when he was forced to walk away from rugby league following allegations of sexual assault filed in a 2017 lawsuit in the United States.

 

Hayne’s civil rape lawsuit was settled in 2019.

Hayne denied accusations of sexually assaulting the woman at his apartment in California in 2015 after meeting her at a bar while he was playing for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.

The US District Court announced that the lawsuit had been “voluntarily dismissed” following a private settlement.

He never played football professionally again. 

His settlement of the civil suit was followed last year with fresh charges in Australia — two counts of aggravated sexual assault causing actual bodily harm.

NSW police alleged Hayne had sex with a woman without her consent in Newcastle on NRL grand final night in 2018.

His first trial in December 2020 resulted in a hung jury.

The NRL superstar was found guilty on Monday of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent after three days of jury deliberation following a seven-day trial at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court.

JARRYD HAYNE’S FAMILY, MUM AND PERSONAL LIFE

Jarryd Hayne and his wife Amellia Bonnici.

Jarryd Hayne and his wife Amellia Bonnici.

Jarryd Hayne and wife Amellia Bonnici have been through enough to push any marriage to breaking point, after a turbulent start to their relationship and a period of living apart.

But the relationship will face its greatest test on May 6 in Newcastle District Court when Hayne faces sentencing.

Hayne and Bonnici met in 2016 after he returned from a stint in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers to play in the NRL again with the Titans, and she quickly fell pregnant.

Hayne immediately moved Bonnici to his Gold Coast residence, but the couple ultimately ended up living apart when she returned to Sydney before Hayne made a desperate move to return to the Parramatta Eels for the 2018 NRL season, motivated by his desire to be near Bonnici and their first child, daughter Beliviah Ivy, born in 2017.

They celebrated their engagement on Boxing Day.

Their whirlwind engagement lasted just four weeks before the couple announced their marriage during a glamorous ceremony on January 26, just 55 days ago.

The pair were married in secret, but the news of their nuptials leaked soon after the couple’s first kiss during their January wedding at the Pullman Magenta Shores resort on the Central Coast of NSW, in front of just 50 guests.

Hayne’s mum Jodie Hayne is reported to have attended the event and she has been a constant figure of support for her son throughout his career. 

The former Eels fullback grew up in a Minto housing commission with his single mum, who was separated from his father, former Auckland Warriors centre Manoa Thompson.

She has twice been the reason Hayne has broken down in tears when speaking publicly.

Jodie raised Hayne and his two sisters by herself.

Hayne has repeatedly said his primary goal in professional sport was to one day buy his mum a house. 

He achieved it in 2014 while announcing his move to the NFL.

“I was probably about to become the highest paid player in rugby league but I’m a kid from Minto,” Hayne said as he broke down, wiping away tears.

“My whole dream of being a professional athlete was to buy my mum a house and I did that.”

After accepting the 2009 Dally M medal as the player of the year, Hayne also credited his mum as being “his rock”. 

“I feel like crying,” an emotional Hayne said at the time.

“This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

“My mum, my rock, the Fijian World Cup team – if I’m not in that team I’m not here.”

JARRYD HAYNE’S PUBLIC SCANDALS

Jarryd Hayne was unstoppable in his prime.

Jarryd Hayne was unstoppable in his prime.

Hayne famously credited his time with the Fiji rugby league team in 2008 as the reason his career got back on track.

The deeply spiritual and alcohol-free culture was the exact opposite of what he reportedly found when he was with the 49ers.

The devout Christian became a regular attendee at the Hillsong mega-church in western Sydney. His move to the United States left him in two very different worlds.

The notoriously hard-drinking, troubled heart of the San Francisco team marked the start of a bitter decline in luck for the star. He left the Niners, couldn’t win a spot on the Fiji team and struggled to recapture his best form during two seasons with the Titans.

Around this time, he met Bonnici, reportedly on Instagram, and the pair started dating. Hayne, then playing for the Gold Coast Titans, was shocked when the 25-year-old announced not long after they met that she was pregnant and expecting his child by the end of the year.

He moved her into his Gold Coast apartment and their daughter, Beliviah Ivy, was born in December 2016. 

The following November, Hayne confirmed he would leave the Titans and return to Sydney after Fiji’s World Cup exit on compassionate grounds, to be closer to his girlfriend and child, who were now living in Forster near family.

He reportedly took a hefty pay cut to return to his old club, Parramatta, hoping to get his head down and rebuild his reputation.

WHAT HAS JARRYD HAYNE BEEN DOING THE LAST TWO YEARS?

Jarryd Hayne hasn’t played since 2018.

Jarryd Hayne hasn’t played since 2018.

Hayne hasn’t played in the NRL since 2018.

After the NSW Sex Crimes Squad’s investigation into the incident first became public, Hayne took a holiday to the Middle East with Parramatta teammates Tim Mannah and Michael Jennings.

He handed himself in at Ryde Police Station in Sydney after returning to Australia and was charged by police before being released on strict bail conditions.

He was allowed to travel to Western Australia in mid-2019, to attend a six-month missionary course at the Youth With A Mission centre.

Hayne stayed in a dormitory-style accommodation near the evangelical Christian centre’s training campus with other men and was required to attend lectures and not drink alcohol.

He returned briefly to Newcastle in July that year to formally enter a plea of not guilty and spoke to media for the first time as he exited court.

“I want to make it very clear, I’m innocent of these charges,” Hayne said. “It’s been a very hard time for my family … but justice will be served.”

After moving back to NSW from Perth late last year Hayne has been spotted occasionally playing basketball in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner-west and working out with former Eels teammates in Merrylands.

He’s also provided sporadic commentary on sports via his Twitter page, including The Last Dance documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, the NFL and his beloved Eels.

ABC Australia as usual gave the most balanced coverage. Non-hysterical and non-sensationalist.

Jarryd Hanes Australian rugby league great has gone to jail yesterday for at least three years and eight months, if he gets parole. The sentence was five years and nine months.

Jarryd Hanes did the same type of assault on a virgin Christian woman in San Francisco a few years ago.