Jarryd Hayne’s own evidence was likely his undoing with the jury who found him guilty of sexual assault charges.
Through two trials, Hayne had always denied having sexual intercourse with a 26-year-old woman at her home on the outskirts of Newcastle, NSW, in 2018.
In recorded evidence, the superstar footballer, 33, told the seven men and five women of the jury: ‘She said she didn’t want to have sex. We didn’t have sex.’
But the 33-year-old footy superstar did admit to performing other sexual acts upon the victim other than penile-vaginal intercourse – acts that could be seen as ‘sex’.
That was how the woman involved saw it, the court heard, and she said so in writing to Hayne.
A jury found Jarryd Hayne (above with wife Amelia Bonnici on Monday) was found guilty of two charges of sexual intercourse without consent with an unnamed woman
Hayne told a Sydney jury the woman was ‘filthy’ upon learning he had a taxi running out the front. Crown Prosecutor Brian Costello said he had ‘one thing on his mind and one thing only’ while he was at the Newcastle woman’s house
‘I know I’ve talked about sex and stuff so much but I didn’t want to do that after knowing the taxi was waiting for you,’ she told Hayne in a text after the incident.
The court heard the incident occurred after Hayne jumped in a cab in Newcastle, where he had been on a bucks’ weekend, on Sunday, September 30, 2018.
The former State of Origin footballer paid the driver $550 for the trip home but said he had to ‘grab a bag’ from the woman’s house first.
The woman had exchanged flirty messages with Hayne Instagram previously, describing him as ‘absolutely gorgeous’.
The cab driver waited as Hayne entered the woman’s home, where he entered her bedroom and played an Ed Sheeran cover of Oasis’s Wonderwall.
She said she didn’t want to have sex. We didn’t have sex.
Jarryd Hayne’s evidence. The jury heard the woman saw things differently
But when the woman realised the taxi was out the front, she was ‘filthy’, Hayne said.
The court heard that the woman decided there was ‘no way’ she would have sex with him, the jury heard.
But Hayne told the court he still wanted to ‘please her and that was it’. The pair then had oral and digital sex.
Hayne claimed it was consensual, adding that she was ‘fine’ and ‘breathing heavily’ through the process. But while Hayne claimed ‘we didn’t have sex’, the woman’s messages read in court suggested she saw things differently.
She complained that she was in pain – having allegedly suffered cuts to her vagina that left her bleeding.
And she insisted that she hadn’t wanted sex, not after learning of the cab outside. All he said in reply was ‘go doctor tomorrow’, the court heard.
Hayne had been on a bucks weekend (not pictured) in Newcastle that fateful weekend and decided to catch a cab to Sydney via the woman’s house
Sporting success: On left, a young Jarryd Hayne – then known as the ‘Hayne Plane’ – charges toward the try line for the Parramatta Eels. On right, with the San Francisco 49ers during his brief stint as an American football player
Hayne is a father of two children – a four-year-old and a one-year-old. Above with wife Amelia Bonnici
Hayne, above, reporting to a police station for bail in 2018
After three days of deliberations, Hayne was found guilty on Monday of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent with the woman.
His new wife and mother of his two children, Amelia Bonnici, watched as the jury returned their verdict.
She looked shell-shocked afterwards.
The jury also found the former footballer not guilty of two alternative charges of aggravated sexual assault causing actual bodily harm.
Hayne will be granted bail after surrendering a $50,000 additional surety.
But during the weeks head he will be under virtual house arrest at home in Woy Woy until he is sentenced on May 6.
A jail sentence, Judge Helen Syme said, is inevitable. The maximum sentence is 14-years’ imprisonment.
Outside court, Hayne said: ”I’d rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth rather than be a free man living a lie.’