Former rugby union player Jarryd Hayne sentenced to prison in Australia for rape

An Australian court on Friday sentenced former Australian rugby player Jarryd Hayne to four years and nine months in prison. after being found guilty last month of rape.

The 35-year-old former athlete, who was found guilty on April 4 by a jury, was accused of two crimes of rape of a woman in an incident that occurred in 2018 in the city of Newcastle, about 160 kilometers north of Sydney.

Judge Graham Turnbull, of the Sydney District Criminal Court, noted during the sentencing reading that Hayne, who followed the ruling virtually from the prison in which he is located, is at low risk of “reoffending”, picks up the Australian public channel ABC.

The sentence against the former player of the Parramatta Eels club will count from his entry into preventive detention, in July 2022, and You will not be able to apply for parole until May 6, 2025.

Hayne was already accused of sexual assault in 2015 in the United States, although the case did not come to trial since the athlete paid the victim in 2019 about 100,000 Australian dollars (66,930 US dollars or 61,250 euros), the Sydney Morning Herald reported at the time.

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