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Jarryd Hayne found guilty of sexual assault

Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne was today found guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

Hayne had pleaded not guilty and denied sexually assaulting the then 26-year-old woman at her home at Fletcher, on Newcastle’s outskirts, in September 2018.

His first trial in Newcastle last year ended in a hung jury, however the jury found him guilty of performing oral and digital sex on the complainant without her consent.

During her evidence, which was replayed from Hayne’s first trial, the complainant said she refused to consent to sex because the ex-Parramatta fullback had a taxi waiting outside as there was “no way” she was going to consent to sex.

Hayne is facing a maximum possible sentence of 14 years in jail.

As Judge Syme noted, “A custodial sentence is inevitable”, although Hayne is currently on bail.

Hayne maintains he spoke the truth, and says he intends to appeal.

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