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Jarryd Hayne’s pregnant wife supported by other ‘prison wives’ as he is jailed for sexual assault

A group of women with loved ones locked up in jail have have vowed to support Jarryd Hayne’s pregnant wife – telling her ‘you’re now one of us’.

The retired NRL star, 33, was on Friday jailed for at least three years and eight months after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman inside her home in Newcastle in September 2018.

Within minutes of him being led away from the packed courtroom, social media was alight with innuendo and jokes at his and his family’s expense.

But the women of a Facebook group dedicated to offering support and help to the wives and family of prisoners placed a new blanket rule on members of the page – no nasty comments toward Hayne’s wife, Amellia Bonnici.

Women within a prison support group have vowed to offer any help they can to Amellia Bonnici (pictured with Hayne)

They say Ms Bonnici, who is pregnant with Hayne’s second child, is now ‘one of them’ as she prepares to raise the four-year-old daughter (pictured on Hayne’s chest) she shares with Hayne alone

Instead, members have gone out of their way to make their community a ‘safe space’ for Ms Bonnici should she feel the need to turn to them for comfort and advice.

They are well versed in the challenges she is about to face. Many have loved ones locked away for years at a time or career criminal partners who can’t seem to keep out of prison.

They say Ms Bonnici, who is pregnant with Hayne’s second child, is now ‘one of them’ as she prepares to raise the four-year-old daughter, Beliviah Ivy, she shares with Hayne alone.

‘His poor pregnant wife will be looking for support, not to be mocked,’ one prison wife said.

‘If she does come to this group or one of these groups, I hope she is treated with respect and not belittled because of who her partner is.’

Hayne's supporters were furious with the sentence, with one member of his group even spitting toward the victim as she was led out of the courtroom

Hayne’s supporters were furious with the sentence, with one member of his group even spitting toward the victim as she was led out of the courtroom

Within minutes of him being led away from the packed courtroom, social media was alight with innuendo and jokes at his and his family's expense

Within minutes of him being led away from the packed courtroom, social media was alight with innuendo and jokes at his and his family’s expense

Hayne will spend at least three years behind bars and away from his wife, daughter Beliviah (pictured) and new baby, who is yet to be born

Hayne will spend at least three years behind bars and away from his wife, daughter Beliviah (pictured) and new baby, who is yet to be born

Others vowed to do whatever they could to assist Ms Bonnici or any other members of Hayne’s family should they need it.

‘Spare a thought for how his pregnant wife and family are feeling… We’ve all been there. They must be so distressed.’

The consensus in the group was that attention on Ms Bonnici is unwarranted and that she, too, is an innocent party in the ordeal.

‘[His wife and family] didn’t do the crime, but they’ll certainly do the time,’ one person said.    

Pictured: Hayne and Bonnici arriving at court on March 19

Pictured: Hayne and Bonnici arriving at court on March 17

Ms Bonnici stood by her husband amid the allegations and trial (pictured arriving at separate court cases together)

Group members have gone out of their way to make their community a 'safe space' for Ms Bonnici (pictured) should she feel the need to turn to them for comfort and advice

Group members have gone out of their way to make their community a ‘safe space’ for Ms Bonnici (pictured) should she feel the need to turn to them for comfort and advice

A group of women whose husbands, brothers and friends are imprisoned for various crimes have offered their support to Jarryd Hayne's pregnant wife

A group of women whose husbands, brothers and friends are imprisoned for various crimes have offered their support to Jarryd Hayne’s pregnant wife

‘Everyone on this page has loved one in jail so think about his poor pregnant wife she could be on here wanting support.’  

The former sporting superstar spent his first night in jail alone in a medical clinic bed – so he couldn’t be bashed by inmates.

Hayne now calls the Parklea Correctional Centre, in Sydney’s north-west, home until officials figure out what to do with him.

Prison sources suggested Hayne will eventually be shifted to Cooma, a minimum security prison in southern NSW. 

The ex-Parramatta fullback and two-time Dally M Medallist already lodged a notice of intention to appeal his jail term – and has always maintained his innocence. 

The women of a Facebook group dedicated to offering support and help to the wives and family of prisoners placed a new blanket rule on members of the page - no nasty comments toward Hayne's wife, Amellia Bonnici

The women of a Facebook group dedicated to offering support and help to the wives and family of prisoners placed a new blanket rule on members of the page – no nasty comments toward Hayne’s wife, Amellia Bonnici

The ex-Parramatta fullback and two-time Dally M Medallist already lodged a notice of intention to appeal his jail term - and has always maintained his innocence

The ex-Parramatta fullback and two-time Dally M Medallist already lodged a notice of intention to appeal his jail term – and has always maintained his innocence

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