Jarryd Hayne moving house ahead of trial
Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne is moving house as he prepares to stand trial over the alleged rape of a woman in Newcastle more than two years ago, a court has heard.
The recently married footballer successfully applied to vary his bail conditions during a brief mention in the District Court on Monday.
Mr Hayne did not appear in person and left his lawyer Penny Musgrave to seek a change of residential address in his reporting conditions, a request which was granted.
Jarryd Hayne got married on Australia Day. Credit: InstagramSource:Instagram
The 32-year-old is set to face trial next month on allegations he sexually assaulted a woman at her home in Fletcher, on the city’s outskirts, in September 2018.
The ex-Parramatta Eels back is accused of forcing rough oral and digital sex on the woman, then 26, causing gruesome injuries on NRL grand final night.
He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm.
Mr Hayne has claimed the sex was consensual and the woman’s injuries accidental.
Jarryd Hayne with partner Amellia Bonnici, who he recently married. Picture NCA NewsWire / Peter Lorimer.Source:News Corp Australia
The State of Origin great was in town for a buck’s party weekend and caught a taxi to meet with the woman, who he had been chatting to on social media, on his way back to Sydney.
The allegations came to light after a member of the woman’s family contacted the NRL Integrity Unit to make a complaint.
NSW Police were then notified of the incident and arrested the star athlete in November 2018.
Mr Hayne was conditional granted bail on November 19, the day of his arrest, and had adhered to them since.
The Parramatta legend has not played in the NRL since the end of the 2018 season. Picture. Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia
According to court documents, his bail conditions included reporting to police three times per week and surrendering his passport.
The two-time Dally M winner was also prohibited from entering the Newcastle local government area, and must not contact the woman or witnesses set to give evidence at trial.
A trial date has been set down for March 8 before the District Court in Sydney.
Mr Hayne announced on his Instagram page late last year that he had proposed to partner Amellia Bonnici, with whom he shares a young child, on Christmas Day.
The two later married at a secret ceremony on Australia Day, the same date the pair first met.
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