Jarryd Hayne is only ‘guilty of bad sex’ and if his alleged rape victim hadn’t have sustained gruesome injuries he would never have been in court, his lawyer claims as jury retires to consider a verdict
- Jarryd Hayne’s lawyer said his client’s ‘sexual prowess turned out to be terrible’
- He claims Hayne’s finger accidentally cut his victim’s vagina and made her bleed
- The lawyer said there would be no case against Hayne if the woman wasn’t hurt
Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne was guilty of bad sex, not rape, a court has been told.
‘To be frank, his sexual prowess turned out to be terrible,’ defence barrister Phillip Boulten SC told a Newcastle District Court jury on Thursday during Hayne’s rape trial.
Hayne has previously told the court he had been giving the complainant oral sex with her consent in her bedroom to please her on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final when he must have accidentally cut her vagina with his finger.
Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne arrives at Newcastle Court on Thursday. His lawyer Phillip Boulten SC said Hayne’s ‘sexual prowess turned out to be terrible’ in court on Thursday
Mr Boulten said when the woman started bleeding, it was not a big step for her to claim Hayne had been ‘nasty, uncaring and forcing me into it’.
‘Well, it was bad sex,’ the defence barrister said in his closing address.
He said if there hadn’t been any blood, it was unlikely any complaint of sexual assault would have been made.
‘(The woman) was upset about her injuries and that’s why we’re really all here, you might think,’ Mr Boulten added.
He said Hayne had stuck solid in his evidence about his version of events, claiming the woman never said ‘no’ or ‘stop’, and the jury must be in a state of uncertainty about his guilt.
The defence barrister said Hayne was not asking for special treatment or for the former Parramatta Eels star to be treated as ‘some kind of hero’.
Hayne and his girlfriend Amellia Bonnici arrive at court on Thursday. The defence barrister said Hayne was not asking for special treatment or for the former Parramatta Eels star to be treated as ‘some kind of hero’
Hayne (pictured outside of court with Ms Bonnici on Thursday) has pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault involving a woman in NSW’s Hunter Valley on September 30
He urged the jury not to treat Hayne any differently because he was a very good footballer or because they feel sad for the complainant.
One of the key issues at trial, according to the defence, is the messages the woman sent after the alleged rape to a female lawyer in Newcastle she had been following on Instagram.
The woman, now aged 28, had never met the lawyer but mentioned to her earlier in the day how she was planning to meet up with Hayne.
The lawyer, whose statement was read to the court as she has serious health issues, warned the woman all footballers were sleazy, including her ex who had been a Bulldogs player.
Jarryd Hayne and his girlfriend Amellia Bonnici arrive at court on Thursday, the last day of the trial
She said footballers were used to getting what they wanted, all Hayne would want was sex and urged the woman to remember her worth.
After the alleged rape, the woman sent Instagram messages to the lawyer telling her she was right.
The woman said Hayne had had a taxi waiting for him outside, performed orlal sex on her and left. She said she felt like such an idiot.
She did not mention anything to the lawyer about the alleged rape.
Crown prosecutor Brian Costello said the reason the woman did not tell the lawyer about the alleged rape was because she didn’t really know her.
Hayne’s lawyer said his client would not be in court if he hadn’t accidentally cut the woman’s vagina with his finer. ‘(The woman) was upset about her injuries and that’s why we’re really all here, you might think,’ Mr Boulten added
Mr Costello said the woman had only reluctantly told her mother what happened with Hayne the following day and took about a month before she confided in her sister.
The woman also sent messages to her best friend that night detailing what Hayne had allegedly done to her and also sent her photographs of the blood on her bed and the injuries to her vagina.
She said she thought Hayne had bitten her vagina and she felt violated.
The Crown alleges Hayne arrived drunk at her house on the outskirts of Newcastle about 9pm on September 30, 2018 and stayed for about 45 minutes, committed two sex acts on her without her consent and caused two separate injuries to her genitalia before leaving.
The woman said when Hayne tried to kiss and touch her she told him ‘no’ and ‘stop’, he pushed her face down into the pillow, ripped off her trousers and attacked her.
The trial continues.