A blood-stained bed and an intercepted phone call with a fellow NRL star were key to landing Jarryd Hayne in jail for raping a woman in her bedroom.
The disgraced former NRL star has spent his first night behind bars after the 33-year-old was sentenced to five years and nine months for raping the young woman.
The attack happened in her bedroom in Newcastle on the night of the 2018 Grand Final on Hayne’s way home from a friend’s bucks night.
Confronting scenes erupted outside Newcastle District Court after the verdict was handed down on Thursday afternoon, as scuffles broke out between his supporters and the waiting press – sparking outrage across Australia.
In one repulsive moment, the footy star’s victim – a young woman who he raped until she bled – was stared down by one of Hayne’s supporters and spat at in scenes that shocked the nation.
Jarryd Hayne is seen entering court on Thursday to be given his sentence after being found guilty of rape
Footage of the victim’s blood stained sheets (pictured) was among vital evidence shown to the jury which found Jarryd Hayne guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent
Two pieces of key evidence were revealed for the first time in March when Hayne was found guilty by a NSW District Court jury of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
The evidence included footage of a bloodied towel and sheets in the victim’s bedroom after she was raped by Hayne.
The graphic two second video filmed by the woman shows splotches of blood on bed sheets, pillows, and towels from where she bled from her genitals after she was sexual assaulted.
The footage played to the jury also shows blood at the head of the bed, backing up the victim’s claims she began inching up the bed when Hayne began sexually assaulting her.
Hayne also vowed to ‘get’ the woman he raped in a phone call with fellow NRL star Mitchell Pearce.
Audio of the call intercepted by police between Hayne and NSW Origin teammate Pearce showing the contempt he felt for his accuser was also played to the jury.
Police intercepted a phone call between Jarryd Hayne (left) and NSW Origin teammate Mitchell Pearce (right)where Hayne vowed to ‘get’ the woman for defamation
Jarryd Hayne’s victim took footage of the blood-stained sheets after she was sexually assaulted – which ended up being a key piece of evidence
Hayne was arrested four days after the intercepted phone call in November 2018, which begins with him telling Pearce about the woman he met in ‘Newy’.
‘Who’s this sheila come out saying something about ya?’ Pearce asked.
‘She’s from Newy, bro,’ Hayne replied. ‘Newy?’ Pearce inquired.
‘Full-blown weirdo, yeah,’ Hayne added. ‘A couple of your boys might know her, bro.’
Pearce asked for her name and after it was supplied replied: ‘I’ll ask the boys.’
Hayne said the woman ‘sent all these nude snaps on Snapchat’ and that she wanted to ‘link up, link up’ but became ‘filthy because the cab was out the front’ of her house.
‘It’s like, well I’m only going to be here for a short time,’ Hayne said. ‘I watched a bit of the Grand Final with her old girl.’
Jarryd Hayne (pictured with wife Amellia) won’t be eligible for parole until early 2025 after being jailed for rape
Hayne said he was ‘fooling around’ with the woman when ‘she bled a little bit… it was weird’.
‘She wigged out… [I said] “my fingernail must’ve just clipped you, that’s all, it’s nothing major, like it was just a little bit”.
‘[She] full wigged out. [I told her] “nah nah, sweet sweet”. So we watched a bit of f**kin’ music videos and that, I was like oh OK yep, I better go now, rah rah rah. She’s just like, filthy I left her. I was like “what the f**k”.’
In the 7.03pm phone call to Pearce, Hayne said the woman later contacted him to say he had been aggressive and she told him ‘no, no, no.’
‘You got a lawyer and that?’ Pearce asked.
‘Yeah I spoke to my lawyer and that,’ Hayne replied. ‘I’ll get her for defamation easy… I gotta go, bro, my lawyer’s calling me.’
Supporters formed a protective ring around Jarryd Hayne’s wife as she left court on Thursday after her husband was jailed
Hayne’s supporters jostled with corrections officers and members of the media after the former NRL star was jailed
In wild scenes outside the court, rowdy supporters pushed waiting cameramen away from the star’s wife
The call ends with Pearce asking Hayne when he’ll be in Newcastle next for a catch- up. ‘Look after yourself, see you bro,’ Pearce ended the call.
On Thursday, Judge Helen Syme handed down the verdict that will see Hayne behind bars until 2025 when he is 37 years old.
He is eligible for parole in three years and eight months.
Supporters of Hayne shielded the exit of the courthouse with umbrellas and were reportedly spoken to by sheriffs shortly before creating chaotic scenes as they left court.
Some shielded and formed a protective ring around Hayne’s pregnant wife Amellia Bonnici as she left court distraught and was whisked into a car, pushing and shoving photographers to keep them away from her.
The court noted that while Hayne experienced a ‘difficult’ upbringing, it did not provide any link to his ‘entitled behaviour opposite this young woman who simply rejected any sexual advances’
The former NRL superstar was distraught as Judge Helen Syme handed down the verdict on Thursday afternoon that will see Hayne behind bars until 2025
‘Where’s the lady, where’s the lady? Let her get into the car!’ one supporter can be heard yelling.
Another was captured covering a television camera with his hand.
Commentators and the public expressed their outrage at the supporter who stared down and spat at Hayne’s victim as she left court.
‘It’s shocking and disappointing that there are people defending Jarryd Hayne after his conviction,’ Australian National University law academic Dilan Thampapillai tweeted.
‘It’s worse that there was an attempt to intimidate his victim. We have a long way to go as a society.’
Others commended the victim’s courage as she was escorted out of court after the verdict.
‘She should hold her head up high,’ Detective Inspector Eugene Stek told reporters.
‘She’s an inspirational young woman and I hope other women can draw inspiration from her or whoever and have the confidence to come to police.’
Jarryd Hayne’s mum (pictured left) arrives at a Newcastle court on Thursday ahead of Hayne’s sentencing
Judge Syme said Hayne ‘refused to accept the verdict, shows no remorse and refuses to change his attitude towards sex or women’ in a damning indictment of the former Parramatta Eels captain’s continued insistence of innocence.
‘I do not accept that he was not aware she was trying to push him away and physically resisting him,’ she said in her sentencing remarks.
‘I do not accept that he was not aware when she was trying to move away from him on the bed when he was forcing intercourse on her.
‘I have found the offender was fully aware that the victim was not consenting and went ahead anyway.’
Judge Syme said the incident ‘only stopped because of the victim’s injury’ where she ‘bled profusely’. She said it gave insight into the ‘roughness or force’ of his assault. ‘
Hayne shields his face under an umbrella and sunglasses as he arrives at court in Newcastle
Jarryd Hayne (pictured, centre) look relaxed while catching up with former NRL teammate Corey Norman (right) and a friend (left), two days out from being sentenced for rape
‘He stopped not because she said to, but because he noticed the blood,’ she said.
‘He didn’t stop because he thought what he was doing is wrong, and he’s never accepted this.’
The court noted that while Hayne experienced a ‘difficult’ upbringing, it did not provide any link to his ‘entitled behaviour opposite this young woman who simply rejected any sexual advances’.
Hayne was raised by his single mother Jodie, who slept by the door to ensure her children would be safe from home invaders.
His father is former rugby league star Manoa Thompson, who was absent when Hayne was growing up but reunited with his son later in life.
Jarryd Hayne proposed to Amellia Bonnici on Christmas Day and the couple married a month later
Dressed in a black suit and tie, Hayne, 33, bowed his head in the witness box as the first guilty verdict to a rape charge was entered back in March
She also rejected the idea that ‘going to church more frequently’ was evidence of rehabilitation.
The decision comes after his victim read out a confronting and emotional statement to the court reliving the 2018 rape and her trauma since, saying she still has nightmares over the assault.
‘Nothing I say will ever explain my feelings inside but I can only try or I might regret it for the rest of my life,’ the woman said.
‘Working out how to turn my emotions, experience and thoughts into words… to explain how this has impacted my life, is the hardest thing I’ve had to do.
‘I have spent countless hours crying, the feeling of violation and feeling dirty doesn’t go away. I have nightmares and flashbacks of his face looking right through me. Sometimes I can’t get out of bed.’
Hayne is seen outside court on March 22 with his wife Amellia Bonnici (pictured) before he was found guilty
Once regarded as one of the biggest superstars in the NRL, Jarryd Hayne could now spend the next five years and nine months behind bars
She said she’s developed a fear of people, can no longer trust others and ‘freaks out if I get close to anyone’.
‘You don’t owe somebody your body, nor should they expect it. My body remembers and my mind won’t let me forget.
‘This assault has changed me. It changed my direction and who I was. I don’t remember the last time I had a proper sleep.’
Hayne was found guilty by a NSW District Court jury in March of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
The star has kept a low profile since the trial, where bail was given with a $50,000 surety.
He has been spending time with his new wife and their four-year-old daughter, Beliviah Ivy Hayne, after he was warned by Judge Syme at his trial that jail was ‘inevitable’.
Despite never having played the sport before, Hayne successfully made the San Francisco 49ers roster in 2015
He spent the Easter long weekend at Ettalong Beach on the NSW Central Coast, playing with a football in the ocean and swimming with family and friends.
‘He was relaxed and smiling, throwing a ball with a mate and a child,’ an onlooker told The Australian at the time.
‘He spent hours on the beach and in the water. You’d never know from looking at him that these are possibly his final days of freedom.’
He proposed to Ms Bonnici on Christmas Day and married in a secret ceremony a month later on Australia Day, which coincided with their five-year anniversary.
He made a rare appearance on social media on the Instagram of former NRL teammate Corey Norman on Tuesday, days before his sentencing.
The St George Illawarra Dragons star uploaded a photo of himself catching up with Hayne and a friend.
Hayne was raised in housing commission flats in western Sydney by his single mother Jodie, who slept by the door to ensure her children would be safe from home invaders
‘Catch ups,’ Norman captioned the photo, along with an emoji depicting two raised hands. The post was widely criticised.
Hayne was found not guilty of the more serious alternative charges of aggravated sexual intercourse without consent inflicting actual bodily harm, which would have carried a longer sentence.
‘I’d rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth than be a free man living a lie,’ he said outside court following his guilty verdict in March.
The footy star also settled a civil case in the United States after a woman claimed he raped her while he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2015.
Police declined to charge Hayne after investigating the allegations, and the woman lodged a civil suit in relation to an alleged incident in San Jose, California.
The woman alleged the pair met at a bar following a game between the 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals.
She alleged Hayne took her back to his home in an Uber where he raped her.
The woman says she doesn’t have a strong recollection of the alleged incident, only that someone of Hayne’s build was coming towards her before the alleged rape.
The case was settled in 2019.
TIMELINE TO JARRYD HAYNE’S FOOTBALL DOWNFALL
1988: Jarryd Hayne is born in Sydney, the son of Manoa Thompson and Jodie Hayne.
1994: Hayne begins playing junior rugby league in western Sydney.
2006: Hayne makes his NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels aged 18 against the Penrith Panthers.
2007: The speedster makes his representative debut for New South Wales and Australia.
2008: He signs a $2million extension with Parramatta.
2008: Hayne was shot by a bikie gang member during a night out in Sydney’s Kings Cross, an event he said was a turning point in his life.
2008: After missing out on a place in the Kangaroos World Cup squad he plays for Fiji, later turning to religion.
2009: The star fullback leads the Eels to the NRL Grand Final and wins his first Dally M Medal.
2014: Hayne wins a second Dally M Medal and leads the NRL in tries scored.
2014: He announces his departure from rugby league to attempt a career in the NFL.
2015: Hayne signs a three-year contract for US$1.58million with the San Francisco 49ers.
2015: Hayne is accused of raping a virgin during a night out in San Jose, California – an allegation Hayne denies.
2016: He retires from the NFL and joins the Fiji rugby sevens team in the hopes of making the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2016: Hayne returns to the NRL signing with the Gold Coast Titans on a million-dollar contract.
2018: He signs with the Parramatta Eels on a cheaper-than-usual contract.
2018: Hayne is charged with aggravated sexual assault relating to an alleged incident on Grand Final night in the Hunter region.
2021: The footy star is found guilty of rape.
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