Hayne trial hears of blood after alleged intercourse assault
By Jack Gramenz and Miklos Bolza in Sydney
Ex-NRL participant Jarryd Hayne allegedly cleaned blood from his palms and mouth earlier than hopping in a ready taxi and leaving the house of a girl he sexually assaulted, a court docket has heard.
The previous Eels fullback is accused of forcibly performing intercourse acts on a girl in her NSW Hunter residence on the night time of the 2018 NRL grand ultimate.
The 35-year-old’s third trial on two counts of sexual activity with out consent started within the NSW District Courtroom on Monday.
“Not responsible,” Hayne stated when the fees had been learn out.
He has constantly denied the alleged assault since he was charged in November 2018.
The case has drawn consideration attributable to Hayne’s high-profile as a former NRL star.
“You’ll discover out for those who don’t already know,” Decide Graham Turnbull SC informed potential jurors on Monday morning.
He reminded these chosen for the jury to maintain an open thoughts and stay neutral.
“Focus on the proof on this trial… this trial alone,” he stated.
The jury of 14, seven males and 7 girls, might be whittled to 12 earlier than a verdict being delivered.`
Crown prosecutor John Sfinas gave the jury a short abstract of the case towards Hayne on Monday.
He informed jurors they might hear Hayne and the girl he’s accused of assaulting had by no means met earlier than, having communicated by way of social media.
Hayne was on the town for a bucks’ weekend when he took a taxi to the girl’s residence in suburban Newcastle.
The taxi waited exterior whereas Hayne allegedly assaulted the girl, as she informed him “no” and “cease”.
The alleged assault involving oral and digital intercourse lasted about 30 seconds, ending when the girl’s genitals started to bleed, Mr Sfinas stated.
The jury would hear Hayne wiped blood from his palms and mouth earlier than leaving, and see pictures of blood within the girl’s room and on her mattress, Mr Sfinas stated.
Decide Turnbull informed the jury proof from the girl, who can’t be named for authorized causes, had already been recorded and could be performed through the trial.
Hayne was a star participant for the Eels within the NRL, represented NSW in State of Origin and performed internationally for Australia and Fiji throughout his skilled rugby league profession.
The trial continues.
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