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Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne to learn jail time for raping woman



Four weeks after being jailed, disgraced NRL player Jarryd Hayne will learn how long he will stay there.

The 35-year-old will be sentenced on Friday after being found guilty on two counts of sexual intercourse without consent in April.

He remained on bail for 10 days after the guilty verdicts in the District Court before the Supreme Court sent him to jail.

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Justice Richard Button said Hayne was "remarkably" still on bail after being found guilty of committing two "extremely grave sexual offences" when he jailed him on April 14.

District Court Judge Graham Turnbull, who sat on the trial and will sentence Hayne, initially continued bail after Hayne's barrister Margaret Cunneen SC convinced him there were the required special or exceptional circumstances.

They included the need for his wife and children to move out of Sydney, and the likelihood of Hayne becoming a target while on remand, as had happened before.

The judge said Hayne would be properly classified as a prisoner in need of protection and moved to a more accommodating facility where he would be around other prisoners with similar classifications after sentencing, before the higher court jailed him a week later.

Hayne assaulted the woman with his hands and mouth in her suburban Newcastle home on NRL grand final night 2018.

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Jarryd Hayne is taken away after his bail was revoked on 14 April, 2023.

The pair cleaned blood off themselves in her ensuite before Hayne returned to a taxi he paid $550 to wait outside and drive him to Sydney.

She cannot be identified, but in a statement read to the court on Monday, said her life has been "launched into what feels like a never-ending nightmare" in the almost five years since.

"I am stronger and I am wiser but I am damaged, and I won't ever be the same person," she wrote.

Hayne is "a very different man now", committed to religion and his family, and presents no real risk of reoffending, Cunneen told the court.

He appeared via video from the Silverwater Correctional Complex, but he won't be staying there after his sentencing when he is classified and moved to a jail for prisoners requiring protection.

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Jarryd Hayne.

Hayne's sentence will be backdated to July 2, 2022 due to previous time in custody.

He spent nine months in jail before verdicts were overturned, requiring another trial, his third on charges laid in November 2018.

The first trial's jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Hayne played most of his 214 NRL games for the Parramatta Eels as well as representing Australia and Fiji, being selected for NSW in 23 State of Origin matches.

Support is available from the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service at 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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