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Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne ‘s lawyer has told a Sydney jury that the evidence from the woman he is accused of sexually assaulting is not enough to convince them he is guilty.The NSW District Court jury retired to consider his verdict on Monday after a two-week trial.
Margaret Cunneen SC told jury the woman “was far less than honest” with police, gave inaccurate evidence and “blundered”, accusing Hayne of sexual assault after a “disappointing” end to a meeting in which she he had insisted. Hayne, 35, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual intercourse without consent and faces a third trial on the charges. The woman accused of assaulting cannot be identified for legal reasons.
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Jarryd Hayne is 35 years old.
Court told Hayne ‘would never’ sexually assault women
Previously recorded evidence of her was shown to the jury in closed court. Prosecutors allege the woman conveyed that she was not giving her consent through her words and actions after Hayne arrived at her suburban Newcastle home on the night of the NRL grand final of 2018, on September 30. The matter was referred to the police by the NRL’s Integrity Unit in November. Hayne was a star player for the Parramatta Eels, representing NSW in State of Origin and playing internationals for Australia and Fiji during his professional career.
Cunneen told the jury that the woman did not want to go to the police because she knew no crime had been committed. “This fast train that starts when someone finds out about an allegation of sexual assault is very hard to get off,” Cunneen said in her closing remarks on Monday. The media reports presented a “more damaging image” of Hayne than the jury knows to be the case, she added. “You’re not here to determine if everything Hayne does is nice, polite,” she said. She labeled evidence that Hayne left a cab waiting outside the woman’s home and a bottle of premixed alcohol in her mailbox, which she reminded jurors she picked up when she returned to the cab, as distractions. “These are the things that don’t really help with your determination,” she said.
Hayne faced serious criminal charges that required proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and her evidence of what happened should be accepted as “at least a reasonable possibility,” the lawyer said. “Not that you thought this, but even if you did think that Mr. Hayne was probably guilty, that’s not enough,” Cunneen said. “If there was a rather hasty intimate encounter… something disappointing happens, a person can be sad and lonely and looking for help. And if he doesn’t get help by telling the truth, he can make it beautiful.”
Cunneen said text messages sent to Hayne were deleted from the woman’s phone and that other messages to a lawyer she contacted on social media were initially withheld. She said the woman “upped the ante” after telling a friend about the encounter and being told “that’s rape.” Judge Graham Turnbull reminded the jury that Hayne had the same presumption of innocence and the benefit of the doubt as anyone else facing a criminal charge. His testimony must be evaluated for reliability and veracity in the same way as other witnesses, including the woman’s, the judge said. He also ordered the jurors not to resort to stereotypes or preconceived ideas. “There is no typical or normal response to non-consensual sexual activity,” he said. The jury of six women and six men is considering a verdict.