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Jarryd Hayne maintains innocence, pleads not guilty

Fronting Burwood court (and the media insanity) this morning, Jarryd Hayne officially entered a plea of not guilty. 

 

 

Fronting Burwood court this morning, Jarryd Hayne cut silent figure, moribundly weaving through the maelstrom of fired questions and shutter click. Hayne’s motivations didn’t pass through his lips, his lawyer spoke for him, his eyes masked behind darkened wayfarers. Hayne’s lawyer redoubled his client’s innocence, stating that “…Mr Hayne maintains his innocence … a plea of not guilty will be entered; he’d like at this time, to thank those who have offered him support, in particular his parents, his mother and father. Thank you. There is no further comment.”

Hayne was charged with aggravated sexual assault in November, allegedly biting a woman on her genital zone, apparently causing bleeding that required medical attention. Police claim that Hayne travelled to the woman’s house on Grand Final evening this year, emboldened by a taxi and a string of communication on social media.

According to Fairfax, Hayne allegedly “…asked the taxi to wait about 20 minutes, before he allegedly sexually assaulted the woman, ripping off her clothes and biting her on her genitals, drawing blood…it is believed that Hayne then travelled in the same taxi back to Sydney.”

 

 

The matter is next to be heard at Newcastle Local Court on February 13, with the magistrate allowing Hayne to be represented by his legal team.

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