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Ex-49ers player Hayne to spend nearly 4 years in jail

SYDNEY (AP) — Jarryd Hayne, a rugby league star who additionally performed briefly in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, has been sentenced to a minimum of three years and eight months in jail for the sexual assault of a lady in 2018.

Hayne was discovered responsible in March of two counts of sexual assault.

A decide dominated on Thursday that Hayne must be jailed for 5 years, 9 months with a non-parole interval of three years and eight months. After the sentencing was introduced, Hayne was taken away by corrective companies officers.

Hayne was discovered not responsible of the 2 extra critical fees of aggravated sexual assault with out consent inflicting precise bodily hurt.

The 33-year-old Hayne had denied assaulting the lady in the bed room of her residence in Newcastle, north of Sydney, in September 2018. Court testimony mentioned Hayne had a taxi ready out entrance of the lady’s residence whereas he was along with her.

In handing down the sentence, District Court Judge Helen Syme mentioned she discovered that Hayne was absolutely conscious that the sufferer was not consenting and that he proceeded anyway.

“The reliability and honesty of the victim’s evidence was tested at length and in my view, her reliability was not in doubt. She said no several times,” Syme mentioned. “The use of force was such that the victim had no prospect of stopping him physically. He was at least twice her weight at 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and an athlete at the top of his form. The offender was fully aware the victim was not consenting.”

The 28-year-old girl mentioned in a sufferer impression assertion that she was tormented by fixed flashbacks of seeing Hayne’s face throughout the sexual assault, including that he destroyed her life and he or she would by no means be the identical once more.

“You don’t owe somebody your body, nor should they expect it,” the lady mentioned. “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 left the NRL and spent a season with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL earlier than returning to rugby league through a short stint with Fiji’s rugby sevens squad in 2016. He has not performed in the NRL since his contract with Parramatta expired in 2018.

From his time with the 49ers in 2015, Hayne was concerned in a rape-related incident in December 2015. He later settled a civil case in which it was alleged he had assaulted a lady in California.

The case was dropped after the events reached a “mutually agreeable settlement.” The girl launched civil motion after authorities failed to collect sufficient proof to proceed with legal fees.

The girl’s legal professional mentioned “the parties reached a mutually agreeable settlement” however that the phrases have been non-public. Hayne on the time mentioned he “unequivocally and vehemently denies the allegations.”

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