Jarryd Haynes bail revoked, remanded in custody

As Hayne walked down to the court cells, a woman shouted, “You’re innocent” and a man shouted, “Stay strong, big guy.” A handcuffed Hayne was then placed in the back of a corrections service truck and driven away.

Button said the media’s focus on Hayne has been “intrusive” and “occasionally disturbing,” but that it is a common feature of the criminal justice system that “there is a greater interest shown in trials involving famous or formerly famous people.”

Jarryd Hayne arrives in court with his wife Amellia Bonnici on Friday.

Jarryd Hayne arrives in court with his wife Amellia Bonnici on Friday.Credit: AAP

He said Hayne would be held under strict conditions for his own protection, at least for a time, but “the fact is that all prisons are inherently places of deprivation of liberty”.

“Should Mr Hayne be held elsewhere, that circumstance can hardly stand in the way,” he said.

Hayne’s attorney, Margaret Cunneen, SC, had argued that Hayne’s young family would face extraordinary difficulties if he were taken into custody before his sentencing, and his wife would have to make arrangements on her own to move out of their home and into a regional area .


“The hardship for this family would be extraordinary in the following 25 days if all of these things had to be accomplished by this woman alone without the support of her husband,” Cunneen said.

She said it would be difficult for Hayne to access legal advice if he was placed in protective custody before receiving a prison classification, noting that he spent 4½ years on bail during which he met all of his conditions .

Cunneen said it was submitted that Hayne would serve only a short additional time in custody. She said a 25-day period in normal life “could fly like everything,” but that time in isolation would have a depressing effect on her client and potentially affect his mental health.

She said her client only asked for bail for “a very short time” and that it was “an exceptional case”.

Prosecutor Brett Hatfield said there was “no doubt” Hayne would like less restrictive prison conditions but the circumstances the former footballer highlighted in court were not special or exceptional.

He said the need to adjust family circumstances to go into custody is something that applies to many offenders.

Hayne’s wife did not speak as she left the court surrounded by a group of supporters. Hayne will face trial again next month.

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Justin Scaccy

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