Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne had just paid a taxi $550 to drive him to Sydney after a buck’s weekend when he decided to make a detour to meet up with a woman he had been chatting with on Instagram for two weeks, a court has been told.
As he approached the house on Newcastle’s western outskirts at 9.07pm on September 30, 2018, he is said to have placed a half-drunk Vodka Cruiser bottle on the letterbox and approached the door.
While inside, he would sing an Ed Sheeran cover of Oasis’ Wonderwall in the hope of ‘breaking the ice’ with a then 26-year-old woman he hoped to have sex with in a ‘best-case scenario’, a court has been told.
But when he emerged 46 minutes later, it is alleged he left the young woman in her room with blood on her bedspread and painful injuries to her vagina.
More than five years after the fleeting encounter, Mr Hayne is facing trial in the NSW District Court.
Footy star Jarryd Hayne, pictured arriving at Downing Centre District Court with wife Amellia Bonnici, is facing trial for an alleged sexual assault
Over the past 10 days, a jury of seven women and seven men have heard evidence put against him.
The 35-year-old has walked into the John Madison Tower building in Sydney’s CBD every day with his wife Amelia Bonnici beside him, his mother, sisters and friends supporting from the front row of the public gallery.
Mr Hayne has denied sexually assaulting the woman at her home on the night of the NRL grand final.
He claims he and the woman engaged in consensual sexual acts and has persistently maintained his innocence, pleading not guilty to two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
THE ‘STEAMY’ MESSAGES
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, initiated the conversation with Mr Hayne on Instagram two weeks before they met in person on the night of the assault.
She wrote: ‘You are absolutely gorgeous.’
‘Price it,’ came Mr Hayne’s reply.
The former Eels star has denied sexually assaulting the alleged victim in her home after the 2018 NRL grand final
Later, the woman sent a forthcoming message: ‘I’m not going to lie … I imagined what it would be like to be f**king you when you started talking.’
She apologised before Mr Hayne responded: ‘Very steamy.’
Crown prosecutor John Sfinas told the jury it was clear the complainant found the former footy star ‘sexually attractive’.
While communications between the pair were sexual in nature, the Crown’s case is the woman never consented to sexual intercourse.
THE BUCK’S PARTY
Mr Hayne told the court in his prerecorded evidence that on September 29, 2018, he jumped in a car and headed north on the M1 to Newcastle.
While in the car he made several posts to social media and even sent some to the woman indicating he would be in Newcastle for the weekend.
Mr Hayne told the woman he was planning to leave on Sunday night and she tried to organise a time and place to meet.
He invited her to the buck’s party and suggested she bring a friend, but the court was told after she saw it was all men she declined.
Hayne, pictured arriving at court with wife Amellia, took a taxi to the alleged victim’s house after a bucks party in Newcastle
Mr Sfinas told the court in his closing address that the woman described herself as being in ‘fairyland’ and pondered whether ‘this could maybe one day turn into something’.
‘I was embarrassed to say it but I didn’t know whether he’d be interested in me or whether he’d like me,’ she said, according to Mr Sfinas.
‘I feel like some of the things I said was because I wanted him to like me and I don’t know why I did that … I wanted him to respect me and like me as a person.
‘I think I wanted it to turn into something more.’
The woman had texted him while he was out: ‘Your phone’s f**ked, I’m seeing you before you go tomorrow ok, morning coffee or breakfast, friends welcome, night.’
Just before 8am on the Sunday, Mr Hayne and the woman exchanged a series of text messages, where she asked if he wanted to meet up.
He phoned the alleged victim at some point during the afternoon during which they made plans for him to visit her at her house.
Hayne, pictured arriving at court on Wednesday, phoned the alleged victim and made plans to meet her after meeting on Instagram
TEXTS WITH ANOTHER MAN
On the same day she was texting Mr Hayne, the court heard on Thursday from another man the woman was messaging on the same day.
The jury was told the woman sent him a message on Sunday, September 30, that said ‘you have made me feel f**king terrible today bye’ with a waving emoji.
When asked why he would receive that message, the man said: ‘I didn’t want to go see her.’
The jury was told the woman then wrote: ‘Are you going to talk to me, otherwise I won’t … at least answer me and stop being a d**k.’
The jury was told he then wrote to the woman: ‘You honestly lost me at Jarryd Hayne is your side boy.’
The woman continued to ask if the man would be coming over before saying she felt ‘like a f**king idiot’.
She messaged again: ‘K (sic) if you aren’t going to say yes then I’ll say yes to Jarryd Hayne.’
The alleged victim was texting with another man on the same day as the alleged assault
‘Omg (sic) get me his signature babe xx,’ the man responded before saying: ‘I never said I was coming over.’
The woman said she was feeling like an idiot: ‘Are you coming over … I’m going to say yes to Jarryd … you don’t have to come here you’ll be ages … you’re being a jerk.
‘You said maybe so i’m asking if you’re not, … I feel like a f**king idiot … are you coming over … k (sic) … if we aren’t going to keep talking I’m going to say yes to Jarryd,’ more messages read.
The man told the court the woman kept texting from before lunch right through until about 8pm and she was being ‘aggressive’.
The jury was told the woman sent six more messages, including ‘what have I done now’, ‘you’re a jerk’ and one that said she was ‘upset’.
The court was told the man’s messages only came to light when he was in contact with Mr Hayne’s legal team during a previous trial.
Mr Sfinas told the jury ‘little comes’ of the man’s evidence as the woman was ‘forthright’ about her intentions with Mr Hayne.
He said the evidence proved the woman was willing to say no to Mr Hayne.
A $550 TAXI FEE
The court was told Mr Hayne paid a taxi driver $550 to drive him back to his home in Sydney, asking to stop at the woman’s house along the way.
The jury was told Mr Hayne concocted an excuse to stop by the woman’s house, telling driver Helen Morel he had to pick up a bag.
Hayne is being represented in court with high-profile barrister Margaret Cunneen SC
He made his way to the woman’s house, sitting in the back seat of the taxi drinking a four-pack of Vodka Cruisers.
‘I walked towards the house and I put (the half-empty bottle) on the letterbox,’ Mr Hayne said.
In his closing address, Mr Sfinas made a point of the half-empty drink, saying the former NRL star used the woman’s letterbox as a stand for the drink, which he would come and ‘finish off’ when he left.
The jury was told the woman sat on the bed, while Mr Hayne lay down and asked for a laptop before singing along to Ed Sheeran’s cover of Oasis’ Wonderwall.
‘(The woman) found the whole singing along to songs things to be quite awkward,’ Mr Sfinas said.
The jury was told the woman heard the taxi outside beeping in an attempt to alert Mr Hayne, and she refused to consent to sex once she realised.
When asked about his intentions while on the way to the woman’s house, Mr Hayne said he ‘wasn’t sure’ but he knew the woman was ‘keen’ as she had been sending him ‘flirty messages’.
Hayne, pictured leaving the court with wife Amellia, told the court sex with the alleged victim was a ‘best-case scenario’
‘It was up in the air, best-case scenario I would be having sex with her, worst-case scenario I get to introduce myself,’ he told the court during his prerecorded evidence.
But for the woman, the court was told she had simply wanted to meet him before he returned to Sydney.
She described her mood as ‘excited’ and ‘nervous’.
THE ALLEGED INCIDENT
Mr Sfinas told the court the woman asked Mr Hayne why there was a taxi, but he didn’t respond.
According to the Crown, she said in her evidence: ‘My heart dropped because I felt like he had only come there for one thing.’
She said the taxi’s presence made her feel like ‘absolute crap’ and ‘sad and stupid for flirting with him to start’.
Mr Hayne briefly went outside to tell the taxi driver he would be a little while.
When he came back inside, instead of going to the woman’s room at the front of the house, Mr Hayne walked straight past the doorway, down the hallway to the lounge room where her mother was watching the closing stages of the Sydney Roosters’ grand final victory over the Melbourne Storm.
He eventually made his way back to the bedroom where he placed the knee of his 104kg frame on the bed and broke a slat.
Mr Sfinas told the court the woman claimed Mr Hayne tried to kiss her and pushed her face into a pillow.
But in Mr Hayne’s version of the story, she kissed him back.
The woman claimed Mr Hayne forced her jeans off despite her efforts to pull them up, saying ‘no’ and ‘stop’.
Mr Hayne insisted she stood up and took off her own pants.
During the alleged assault, Hayne allegedly only stopped when he realised the woman was bleeding
She described his actions as ‘forceful’, ‘fast’ and ‘rough’ as he performed oral and digital sex on her, adding she said ‘no’ and ‘no Jarryd’ about three or four times.
It is alleged he only stopped when they realised the woman was bleeding from her genitalia.
Mr Hayne went into the bathroom to wash his hands before the woman got in the shower to clean off the blood.
She felt ‘swelling’ and ‘stinging’ on her genitalia, the Crown alleged.
Mr Hayne allegedly caused two lacerations to the woman’s genitalia – maintaining that the injuries were an accident and he apologised.
HAYNE’S THREE-WORD TEXT
The woman texted Mr Hayne in the hours after saying she ‘didn’t want to do that’.
She wrote: ‘I am hurting so much.’
‘I know I’ve talked about sex and stuff so much but I didn’t want to do that after knowing the taxi was waiting for you,’ another text said.
‘I thought you would have at least stayed? I am hurting really badly … I’m sitting here in my room crying cause I feel weird.’
Mr Hayne responded: ‘Go doctor tomorrow.’
Hayne told the alleged victim to ‘Go doctor tomorrow’ after she texted him following the alleged assault
‘FORCEFUL AND PERSISTENT’
In the hours after the alleged incident, the woman confided in her best friend.
After taking a picture of her genitalia, the complainant forwarded the image to her friend.
She told her best friend that Mr Hayne ‘started being really pushy like he wanted to have sex and I kept saying no’.
The woman said she thought Mr Hayne ‘wanted to get the f**k out of here’, saying the ‘whole situation was weird’.
‘That’s like sliced everywhere,’ the woman responded.
The best friend wrote to the woman: ‘If you kept saying no and now that’s happened, that’s rape.
‘You said he didn’t even say sorry, just ‘go to a doctor’, he is a c**t.
‘Can’t believe he didn’t even say sorry.’
At that time, the woman did not want to report the incident to police – she was confused, unsure if what had happened constituted rape.
She was also scared, telling another friend she didn’t want it to be made public.
‘I’m too scared to report it. He would have the money to ruin me and the last thing I need is my life in the public eye,’ she said.
The woman saw a doctor on October 3, three days after she was allegedly sexually assaulted.
A text mock-up of an interaction about the alleged assault between the alleged victim and her friend
REPORTING TO THE NRL INTEGRITY UNIT
The woman kept the incident to herself for several weeks, only telling a select group of friends and family.
But on October 30, the court was told she broke down and called her sister.
Her sister told the court she was ‘upset’ when she found out her sister had avoided telling her of the allegations for a month but finally opened up during a FaceTime call.
This set in motion the wheels of the justice system.
Her brother-in-law, a mad keen NRL fan, had been angered by the story and rang Channel 9 journalist Danny Weidler.
Weidler told the family to call the NRL Integrity Unit and from there the authorities became involved.
Hayne, pictured after the Blues won the 2014 State of Origin series, interacted with a number of friends and former teammates after the alleged incident about the alleged victim
THE POLICE INVESTIGATION
The call to Mr Hayne’s phone came through at 1.42pm on November 15 – more than six weeks since the incident and alerting him for the first time that there was something afoot.
‘Hi Jarryd, it’s Karyn Murphy,’ the NRL Integrity Unit’s chief investigator said.
‘Um, I was just wondering if you could give me a call when you get this message, I just need to talk to you about, um, a matter,’ Ms Murphy said.
In the hours and days following that phone message, Hayne made and received several calls from friends and loved ones during which he discussed the allegations that were being made.
Little did he know, the police were listening in.
A ‘weirdo’ and ‘cuckoo’ is how he described the woman, continuing to proclaim his innocence.
‘Who’s this sheila coming out saying something about ya?’ NRL player Mitchell Pearce asked.
‘Oh she’s, f**k, she’s from Newie, bro,’ Mr Hayne said before asking his former NSW Origin teammate to ask his Knights teammates about the woman.
A text mock-up shows the alleged victim texting a friend about the alleged incident and not wanting to report it
Hayne added: ‘She was filthy cause the cab was out the front. I said, ‘Oh well, mate, I’m only going to be here for, you know, a short time’.’
To another friend, he described the woman as ‘a young cow just carrying on’.
‘Like she’s f**king texting me. I think she started to like me or something, then because I brushed her, f**king blowing up.’
He added: ‘You speak to them for a bit, they get attached and they think f**king … Well mate you f**king messaged me off Instagram, you idiot.
‘Then cause I’ve flicked her, she’s blown up.’
Around that time, in an attempt to elicit evidence or an admission, police watched on as the woman sent him Snapchat messages, confronting him with allegations she had not consented.
‘Wtf are you on about!!!’ Hayne said, maintaining they had engaged in consensual sex.
‘I stopped straight away and made sure you were OK. You’re starting to sound suss.’
Hayne was arrested on November 19, 2018, at Ryde Police Station.
Closing addresses will conclude on Monday before Judge Graham Turnbull.
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