Jarryd Hayne is set to take the stand today after his alleged rape victim claimed he attacked her and only stopped when there was blood all over his hands and face
- NRL star Jarryd Hayne is expected to give evidence at his sexual assault trial
- It is alleged Hayne recklessly injured a woman when committing two sex acts
- A court heard the alleged victim told her sister she did not consent to the sex
- She allegedly ‘watched blood run out of her’ in shower after alleged incident
Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne is expected to begin giving evidence at his sexual assault trial after the prosecution concludes its case against him.
Crown prosecutor Brian Costello has told a Newcastle District Court jury Hayne recklessly injured a woman when committing two sex acts on her without her consent in September 2018.
Hayne, who had been celebrating rugby league player Wes Naiqama’s bucks’ weekend in Newcastle, had paid a taxi driver $550 to take him to Sydney before asking her to stop at the woman’s house.
Mr Costello says Hayne attacked the woman in her bedroom after she invited him to her house on the outskirts of Newcastle on September 30, 2018 – the night of the NRL grand final.
Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne is expected to begin giving evidence at his sexual assault trial after the prosecution concludes its case against him. Pictured in 2018 at Ryde Police Station
They had never met, but had been in contact on social media after the woman sent the footballer an Instagram message saying he was gorgeous.
Mr Costello said Hayne arrived about 9pm and stayed for about 45 minutes, committed two sex acts on her and caused two separate injuries to her genitalia before leaving.
The woman, now aged 28, has told the jury Hayne tried to kiss her and she said no before he pushed her head into the pillow, pulled her pants off and attacked her, ignoring her pleas to stop.
The woman said Hayne only stopped when there was blood everywhere, including on his hands and face.
She told the jury she didn’t want to go to the police initially because she feared Hayne would have the money to ruin her.
The woman said she later went to see a doctor who examined the injury to her vagina and told her: ‘It looks like a bite.’
Crown prosecutor Brian Costello has told a Newcastle District Court jury Hayne recklessly injured a woman when committing two sex acts on her without her consent in September 2018. Pictured on Monday arriving at Newcastle Court
The woman’s sister told the court the alleged victim contacted her on FaceTime and said something had happened but wasn’t sure if she should tell her.
The woman then told her sister Hayne had hurt her after telling him she didn’t want to have sex with him in her bedroom in September 2018, the court heard.
‘She mentioned to me that she had gotten into the shower afterwards and watched the blood run out of her,’ the sister told the court.
‘I asked if she had told him to stop and she said, ‘Yes.’
‘I told her that’s basically rape.’
The sister said in court that the woman didn’t think it was rape and didn’t want to go to the police because her understanding was rape involved a man using his penis.
The former NRL star (pictured) is facing Newcastle Court on sexual assault allegations
The woman’s mother earlier told the jury how her daughter showed her mobile phone photographs of blood in her bedroom and injuries to her genitalia which looked like ‘three nasty puncture wounds’.
‘She said he (Hayne) had wanted sex. He was persistent and overbearing. She had said she didn’t want to. She said ‘no’ a number of times,’ the mother said.
‘She said she thought he’d bitten her.’
The mother said in court that her daughter told her the previous night – the night of the alleged rape – ‘I think he wants sex’, but she said there’s no way.’
‘I said, ‘That’s right, no’ and I walked off.’
The mother told the court that she thought Hayne was intoxicated, loud and excitable.
Hayne made a brief code switch to try his hand at the American NFL (pictured) after a successful NRL career
The woman later sent text messages to a girlfriend saying she thought Hayne had bitten her vagina and she felt violated, the court heard.
Hayne, 32, has pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm.
Defence barrister Phillip Boulten SC has said the sexual activity was consensual ‘but unfortunately it didn’t go well’.
Mr Boulten said it appeared Hayne had accidentally scratched the woman with his fingernail causing her to bleed, which shocked them both.
The trial continues on Friday with the prosecution case expected to finish and Hayne to give evidence in his defence.