Doctor who has seen thousands of rape victims tells court of ‘unusual’ injuries allegedly suffered by woman who is accusing footy star Jarryd Hayne of sexual assault
- Doctor tells court of ‘unusual’ injuries
- Hayne accused of 2018 sexual assault
- Footy star has maintained his innocence
A doctor who has examined thousands of sexual assault victims has told a court of the gruesome injuries a woman received after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by former NRL star Jarryd Hayne during a fleeting encounter.
Mr Hayne, 35, was accompanied by his wife Amellia Bonnici as the second week of his NSW District Court trial began on Monday.
The ex-NSW and Parramatta fullback has denied sexually assaulting the woman at her Newcastle home on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final, pleading not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault without consent.
According to Crown prosecutor John Sfinas, Mr Hayne is accused of being ‘forceful’ and ‘rough’ while performing oral and digital sex on the woman without her consent, causing cuts and substantial bleeding.
Dr Maria Nittis, an expert in examining alleged sexual assault victims, gave evidence on Monday morning and told the court the injuries were likely caused by ‘blunt force’ penetration of the woman’s genitalia.
The doctor told the court the injuries allegedly caused by NRL star Jarryd Hayne (pictured outside his trial with wife Amellia Bonnici) during a fleeting encounter on grand final night 2018 were ‘rare to see’
The ex-NSW and Parramatta fullback (pictured with his wife) has denied sexually assaulting the woman at her Newcastle home on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final
She told Crown prosecutor John Sfinas she met with the alleged victim six weeks after the alleged incident with Mr Hayne and studied photos of her injuries the woman took on the night.
‘It’s a blunt force injury that’s generally caused in one of two ways, either because the skin has been stretched beyond its capacity and it therefore tears, or it has been crushed,’ Dr Nittis said.
‘It’s definitely been caused by penetration.
‘It could be by a finger, fingers or hand, it could be by an object, it could be a penis.’
Dr Nittis told the court she was given a brief history by the alleged victim, who told her Mr Hayne was acting ‘like a di**head’ on the night of the incident.
The woman had told the doctor urinating was painful after the alleged assault, and her vagina was stinging ‘like mad’.
The doctor explained the woman suffered two lacerations, one which was smaller and one which she explained as having an ‘unusual size’.
She also noted a ‘purplish bruise’ to the woman’s inner labia, a small lump and an abrasion.
The doctor told the court the woman allegedly suffered two lacerations, one of which was smaller and one which she said had an ‘unusual size’ after her encounter with Hayne
Dr Nittis told the court the alleged injuries were likely to have been caused by ‘forceful’ activity but that was no indicator of whether the sexual activity was consensual (Hayne is pictured outside court with his wife)
Dr Nittis told the court the lacerations were caused by the tissue inside the vagina ‘stretching’.
She said the injuries were likely to have been caused by ‘forceful’ activity but it was no indicator of whether the sexual activity was consensual.
‘It’s what I would call a significant injury, it’s rare to see an injury like that post sexual assault … it would be particularly painful,’ Dr Nittis told the court.
‘You can’t look at an injury and determine whether consent occurred … it is an unusual injury after examining hundreds of sexual assault victims.’
The trial continues before Judge Graham Turnbull.