Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Ex-Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne guilty of sexual assault

Australian Rugby League player Jarryd Hayne has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in 2018. The 33-year-old former athlete had denied charges he attacked the 26-year-old woman in her house.

Hayne was one of the sport’s most high-profile athletes and his conviction comes amid an intensifying debate about rape in Australia. A judge said Hayne would be sentenced at a later date, but that a jail term was “inevitable”.

The victim’s mother was also at home at the time and Hayne left afterwards in a taxi.

In the victim’s evidence, which was replayed from a first trial last year, she said she had refused to consent to sex because he already had a taxi waiting outside.

That earlier trial ended in a hung jury. This time, it took the jury three days to find Hayne guilty of two counts of sexual assault.

The verdict comes a week after tens of thousands of people turned out to marches across Australia, protesting against the sexual abuse and harassment of women in the country.

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