Jarryd Hayne Found Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting A Woman On NRL Grand Final Night In 2018

Jarryd Hayne Sexual Assault Guilty

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on the night of the 2018 NRL Grand Final.

According to ABC court reporter Jamie McKinnell, the jury found Hayne guilty of “two counts of sexual assault, without the circumstances of aggravation.”

Hayne, 33, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault that allegedly took place at the then 26-year-old woman’s home in Newcastle in 2018.

He was accused with “recklessly inflicting bodily harm” after allegedly leaving the woman bleeding from her genitals, but was ultimately cleared of these circumstances in the final verdict.

According to the victim, Hayne was “rough, forceful and inconsiderate” during the encounter, despite her allegedly telling him “no Jarryd.”

“I think I froze in a way, because I can’t remember a massive struggle; it was just really confusing. But he knew I didn’t want it – I said ‘no’,” the woman said.

“It was forceful and fast. That’s why I can’t say for sure how the [genital] injury was done, whether it was his mouth, his teeth, his nails or a ring. I was numb.”

This is the second time a jury had deliberated on the charges against Hayne after a hung jury were unable to reach a unanimous verdict in December 2020.

The news comes just days after judge Helen Syme told the jury not to rush in their decision-making.

“I acknowledge and accept you are making good progress,” Syme, said on Friday afternoon in response to a jury note. “As I said a couple of days ago, there is no rush.”

More to come.

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