Victims of sexual assault ‘put into a never-ending nightmare’

She said every time she feels like she’s mentally recovering, something new will arise, like a court date, and she’s going through “the same trauma over and over again.”

Discussion of the incident on social media and media coverage are “extremely difficult to handle,” the woman said.

“These things not only hurt, but they stay with me,” she said.

“That attack was something horrible that happened to me, something that I feel is very private, but people are talking about it as if they were there.”

The woman said she remained “extremely insecure” about her body.

“I’m stronger and wiser, but I’m damaged and I’ll never be the same person again,” she said.

Haynes’ trial heard he stopped at the woman’s home in the Newcastle suburb of Fletcher on September 30, 2018, on his way back to Sydney after a dollar weekend, leaving a $550 cab outside and telling the driver he had a bag to pick up .

Jarryd Hayne with wife Amellia Bonnici in court April 4 after being found guilty of sexual assault.

Jarryd Hayne with wife Amellia Bonnici in court April 4 after being found guilty of sexual assault.Credit: Nicky Kurz

The Crown case against Hayne was that the woman’s possibility of sex was gone when she noticed the waiting vehicle after knocking on the door or beeping the cab’s horn.

In her evidence, including footage played in closed court, the woman said Hayne was rough and energetic, carrying out the acts despite her protestations of “no” and “stop,” causing her to bleed.


Hayne’s bail was revoked 10 days after the latest guilty verdicts in NSW High Court.

It was the second time a jury had convicted him of the incident. Hayne was jailed for five years and nine months in 2021, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months. However, he only served nine months behind bars as his convictions were overturned on appeal and a retrial ordered.

The applicant was recalled to testify at Haynes’ third trial. The prosecutor submitted two victim impact statements, including one from the first sentence case and the updated May 4 statement.

Sfinas previously stated that Hayne “would definitely go to jail,” to which the judge replied, “There’s no question about that.”

Haynes’ attorney, Margaret Cunneen, described his previous sentence for the crimes as a “ceiling” rather than a guide.

The court heard that Haynes’ sentence will be backdated to reflect his earlier sentence.

Hayne has always maintained his innocence. His lawyers have indicated they will appeal.

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Justin Scaccy

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