The Judge Overseeing Jarryd Hayne’s Rape Trial Says It’s ‘Inevitable’ He’ll Serve Jail Time

A judge has told ex-NRL star Jarryd Hayne that jail time is “inevitable” after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman on the night of the 2018 NRL Grand Final, News Corp reports.

On Monday afternoon, Hayne, 33, was found guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, but found not guilty of the more serious charge of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent, recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm.

The maximum penalty for such convictions is 14 years in prison, but he won’t be sentenced until a May 6 hearing at the Newcastle District Court.

The judge actually proposed revoking Hayne’s bail so that he’d remain in custody until the May 6 trial, The Sydney Morning Herald reports, however his lawyer successfully managed to argue for him to be let out for the time being on a $50,000 bail so he could sort out his family’s accommodation and undergo psychological tests.

Hayne’s current bail conditions stipulate that he can’t leave the NSW Central Coast and must report to police daily.

In her evidence to the court, the woman in question said she felt “like an object… degraded and upset and angry” when Hayne sexually assaulted her after she turned down an offer to have sex.

In a text message shortly after the incident, she told a friend that Hayne had been “so rough that blood started pouring all over the bed because he tore my vagina.”

When his sentence was finally ready out on Monday afternoon, Hayne barely reacted. He simply nodded twice and looked over at his supporters in the public gallery.

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