Woman ‘looked like she’d been sliced’ after alleged sexual assault by Jarryd Hayne, court hears
A woman who has accused Jarryd Hayne of sexual assault was described as being ‘sliced everywhere’ after a fleeting sexual encounter with the ex-NRL star left her bleeding and in pain, a court has been told.
The then 26-year-old woman sent pictures of her genitalia to her best friend in the hours following the incident, the NSW District Court was told on Friday as Mr Hayne stands retrial over the incident on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final.
The ex-NSW and Parramatta fullback has denied sexually assaulting the woman at her Newcastle home, 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.
Messages between the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, and her best friend on the evening of September 30, 2018, were read to the jury on Friday.
After taking a picture of her genitalia using the selfie mode on her phone, the complainant forwarded the image to her best friend.
Hayne (pictured outside court with his barrister Margaret Cunneen, right) has maintained his innocence after being accused of sexually assaulting the woman at her home
‘That’s like sliced everywhere,’ the woman responded.
In another message, the best friend wrote to the woman: ‘You kept saying no and now that’s happened, that’s rape.’
The best friend took to the witness stand on Friday and told the court she ‘picked up’ that the incident was ‘non-consensual’ from her friend’s messages.
‘In the previous message she said ‘I kept saying no’ and my reply was, ‘If you kept saying no, that’s rape’,’ the best friend told the court.
In another text message to the alleged victim, her best friend wrote: ‘But sometimes when you’re in that situation after you’d said no, you kind of freeze.
‘You said he didn’t even say sorry, just ‘go to a doctor’, he is a c**t,’ another text to the woman said, the court was told.
‘Can’t believe he didn’t even say sorry,’ one text said.
The woman told the court she assumed Mr Hayne would have apologised if he was told he allegedly caused the woman pain.
The best friend told the court the woman’s demeanour in the days following the alleged incident was unusual.
She told the court the woman was ‘very quiet and not herself’.
The same best friend took her to see a doctor on October 3, just three days after she was allegedly sexually assaulted, with the doctor suggesting she make an anonymous report to police.
The woman didn’t want to report it, and kept the incident to herself for several weeks, only telling a select group of friends and family.
The sister of Hayne’s accuser told the court that her sibling didn’t tell her about the alleged assault by the NRL star for a month before breaking down during a FaceTime call
But on October 30, the court was told she broke down and called her sister, revealing what had happened.
Her sister told the court on Thursday that she was ‘upset’ when she found out her sister avoided telling her of the allegations for a month but finally opened up during a FaceTime call.
‘[She] had obviously been crying, her eyes were quite puffy and she was visibly upset,’ the sister told the court.
‘She said that Jarryd Hayne had come over … he was a bit of an ‘a**hole and had a taxi waiting the whole time’.’
‘She had said ‘no it’s not, I don’t know’. She seemed to be flustered and that upset me,’ the sister said.
When asked if she told her sister to go to the police, she said she tried, but the woman ‘didn’t want to’ because she was scared.
The best friend of the woman accusing the former Parramatta Eels and Gold Coast Titans star (pictured) told the court she believed the alleged incident was ‘non-consensual’ based on text messages she was sent
The sister told the court that she told one other person about the allegations – her husband, who said he would take the matter ‘into his own hands’.
Her brother-in-law, a keen NRL fan, took to the witness stand on Thursday afternoon and told the court he had been told by his wife, who is the sister of the alleged victim, that she had been ‘raped’.
‘(Her sister) said she’d been raped by Jarryd Hayne on grand final night,’ he told the court.
He then rang Channel 9 journalist Danny Weidler, who told the family to call Karen Murphy at the NRL Integrity Unit, where authorities then became involved.
The brother-in-law told the court he had to tell the alleged victim ‘not to be angry’ with him.
When questioned by Mr Hayne’s defence barrister Margaret Cunneen SC about why he didn’t go straight to police, the man told the court he wanted to.
‘That would have been my first preference but my wife told me (the woman) wouldn’t go,’ he said.
The trial continues before Judge Graham Turnbull.
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