Former Fiji Bati, Fiji 7s rep and NRL star, Jarryd Hayne has said he “did not lie or cover up evidence” after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at her Newcastle home almost five years ago.
Following an 11 day trial in Sydney plus more than six days of deliberating, the jury of six men and six women found the two-time Dally M winner and ex-NFL convert guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
Hayne had pleaded not guilty and denied sexually assaulting the woman at her home in Newcastle in September, 2018.
His first trial in Newcastle in 2020 ended in a hung jury, while he was convicted at a second trial in March 2021 and sent to prison for nine months until he successfully appealed the decision.
He is facing a maximum possible sentence of 14 years in jail.