Jarryd Hayne Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges
Former NRL and NFL player Jarryd Hayne has formally pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault and been ordered to stand trial in early May 2020.
Hayne will stand trial accused of raping a woman in NSW’s Hunter Valley.
Hayne, 31, appeared in Newcastle District Court on Thursday after travelling from Perth where he's spent the past three weeks attending courses at an evangelical Christian centre.
Hayne formally pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated sexual assault and was ordered to stand trial in early May 2020.
Judge Roy Ellis agreed to vary Hayne’s bail so that instead of reporting three times a week to East Perth police station he'll report once a week on Thursdays.
Hayne in early July successfully had his bail changed so he could travel to Perth to attend a six-month missionary course at the Youth With a Mission centre.
The court heard Hayne would be living in a dormitory-style accommodation near the centre's training campus with other men.
Hayne has been required to attend lectures, not drink alcohol and report three times a week to a nearby police station.
He is accused of sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman on September 30, 2018, between 8pm and 10pm in Newcastle.
Court documents state Hayne had sex with the woman without her consent and “recklessly inflicted actual bodily harm”.
The aggravated rape charges each carry a maximum 20-year jail term upon conviction.