Former star rugby league player Jarryd Hayne is on trial for sexual assault. Picture NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer
Former star rugby league player Jarryd Hayne is on trial for sexual assault. Picture NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer

Fame does not give Hayne ‘pass’: court

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne's fame and fortune does not give him a "pass" for allegedly forcing himself on a woman he thought had "promised" him sex, a court has heard.

The former Parramatta fullback is on trial at Newcastle District Court fighting claims he sexually assaulted the woman, then 26, after arranging to go to her house the night of the 2018 NRL grand final.

The court has heard the woman suffered two lacerations to her genitalia when Mr Hayne, 32, allegedly pulled off her pants and began digital and oral sex on her as a taxi waited outside her home on Newcastle's outskirts.

Mr Hayne claims the sex was consensual and the woman's injuries were caused by a stray fingernail.

He had been in Newcastle that night, September 30, 2018, to attend a buck's party for a former Fiji teammate.

On day seven of the trial, Crown prosecutor Brian Costello began his closing address by telling the jury how the woman's "significant" injuries and bleeding painted a "vivid picture" of a rough sexual assault.

Mr Costello said the jury should reject Mr Hayne's evidence as being unreliable, adding the fact he had "achieved a level of fame few of us have achieved in our lives" did not permit the jury to "give him a pass".

"We are all equal before the law," he said. "No sympathy you feel for the accused can stand in the way of delivering a true verdict."

 

Jarryd Hayne denies the accusations. Picture NCA NewsWire / Peter Lorimer.
Jarryd Hayne denies the accusations. Picture NCA NewsWire / Peter Lorimer.

The court has heard a $550 taxi was arranged for Mr Hayne to travel back to Sydney but he made a pit stop at the woman's home after the pair exchanged explicit messages on Instagram and Snapchat.

Mr Costello said Mr Hayne effectively invited himself over to the woman's house, ditching his friends at the party and missing out on watching a grand final featuring some of his former State of Origin teammates.

"He's given that up for one plain and obvious reason - the sex he thought he had been promised by way of those communications," he said.

"The reason he went there was for sex; pure and simple."

Jarryd Hayne arrives at Newcastle Court for closing arguments of his trial for sexual assault. Picture NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer
Jarryd Hayne arrives at Newcastle Court for closing arguments of his trial for sexual assault. Picture NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer

Mr Costello said the drunk footballer arrived about 9pm and was at least in a reckless state of mind when he "simply ignored" or "failed to consider her consent" and forced himself on the woman.

Mr Hayne admitted during the trial the woman was "upset" at learning about the taxi waiting outside, and told him she didn't want to have sex.

The prosecutor said nothing the NRL star did after that point - including accidentally breaking a bed slat and leaving her bedroom to watch the game - would make her "more enthusiastic" about sex.

He said if the woman's account of trying to evade his attempted kissed and saying "no" and "Jarryd stop" was true, it was clear the footballer knew she was not consenting.

The only thing that stopped him was the significant bleeding, Mr Costello said.

The woman's decision to reject requests to meet Mr Hayne at the buck's party showed she was cautious and had no "clamouring desire on her part to leap straight into bed" with him.

Mr Hayne's barrister, Phillip Boulten SC, said the allegations set out by the woman "did not occur in the way that she claims that they did".

Mr Boulten said his client did not ignore her protests or overbear the woman, because she reciprocated his kisses and was a willing participant in the oral and digital sex.

"She consented to both of these acts and he knew she consented," he said.

Mr Boulten said the history of that night had now "rewritten itself" and suggested the woman "might even have convinced herself that she did not consent".

"But the accused Jarryd Hayne had every reason to believe she was consenting, because the truth is she was," he said.

Jarryd Hayne playing for the Parramatta Eels in 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
Jarryd Hayne playing for the Parramatta Eels in 2018. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

He said embarrassment at the combination of the taxi waiting outside, the fact the woman told her mother she wouldn't be having sex with Mr Hayne and the resultant injuries could be the reason for her creating the story.

Earlier, the court was read excerpts of a statement from defence witness Monique Smiles, who exchanged Instagram messages with the alleged victim about 10.18pm on the night of the incident.

The Newcastle-based solicitor said the woman said something along the lines of "he went down on her and that was it" and that "she felt a bit used and he just left".

"I feel a bit like an idiot," the court heard the woman wrote.

Crown prosecutor Brian Costello said there were gaps in Mr Hayne’s story. Pictures NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer
Crown prosecutor Brian Costello said there were gaps in Mr Hayne’s story. Pictures NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer

Mr Costello said it was not surprising the woman would not disclose the intimate details of her injuries and the alleged assault to someone she had never met.

He said the complainant was a frank and honest witness who "she just tells it like it is", making reference to an in-court outburst when she called Mr Hayne a "f***ing piece of shit".

"She told it like it was on Instagram, she told it like it was in the witness box, and unfortunately she told it like it was as she was leaving court," he said.

During the trial the woman admitted she was at the time open to sexual activity with Mr Hayne in "the right circumstances", but told her mother she was "definitely not going to have sex" with him after learning of the taxi.

The trial continues.

Originally published as Fame does not give Hayne 'pass': court

Jarryd Hayne's legal team, Phillip Boulten SC and solicitor Penny Musgrave. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer
Jarryd Hayne's legal team, Phillip Boulten SC and solicitor Penny Musgrave. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer
Jarryd Hayne ‘have every reason to believe’ the woman was consenting, his barrister said. Picture NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer
Jarryd Hayne ‘have every reason to believe’ the woman was consenting, his barrister said. Picture NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer