A girl who was sexually assaulted by former NRL star Jarryd Hayne was so emotional on the day of his attraction that she advised a person who would later turn into a defence witness “you f***ed my attraction”.
Hayne was found guilty of sexually assaulting a girl with out her consent at her Newcastle dwelling on the evening of the NRL grand last in 2018.
The jury of six males and 6 girls got here to their verdict of guilty after six days of deliberation following the 11-day NSW District Court trial.
But earlier than the jury was empanelled on March 13, Crown prosecutor John Sfinas and defence barrister Margaret Cunneen SC underwent 4 days of pre-trial argument earlier than Judge Graham Turnbull.
“YOU F***ED MY APPEAL”
Judge Turnbull determined to permit textual content messages between the sufferer and Steven Page on the day of the assault.
During the trial, the jury was advised the girl despatched him a number of textual content messages on the identical day she noticed Hayne.
The first mentioned: “You have made me really feel f***ing horrible right this moment bye” with a waving emoji.
The girl then wrote: “Are you going to speak to me, in any other case I gained’t … at the very least reply me and cease being a d**okay”.
The jury was advised Mr Page then wrote to the girl: “You truthfully misplaced me at Jarryd Hayne is your aspect boy”.
But the girl denied he was her aspect boy.
“He isn’t. He contacted me final evening and requested for my quantity and rang me, I advised him no,” the textual content to Mr Page mentioned.
The girl continued to ask if the person can be coming over earlier than saying she felt “like a f**king fool”.
She messaged once more: “Okay (sic) if you aren’t going to say sure then I’ll say sure to Jarryd Hayne.”
Mr Page mentioned he had stopped speaking to the girl that day however she continued to ship much more messages which learn: “You mentioned possibly, so I’m asking if you’re not? I really feel like a f***ing fool, are you coming over?”
Another message mentioned: “Okay, if we aren’t going to maintain speaking, I’m going to say sure to Jarryd Hayne coming right here to hang around when he’s executed along with his mates; in any other case I gained’t let him.”
“Omg (sic) get me his signature babe xx,” Mr Page responded earlier than saying: “I by no means mentioned I was coming over”.
The jury was advised the girl despatched an extra six messages to Mr Page.
She continued to ask if he was coming over earlier than saying “cease speaking to me altogether” and calling him a jerk.
The girl additionally mentioned his lack of reply was making her “upset” and “bringing me down so badly”.
“You mentioned possibly so I’m asking if you’re not, … I really feel like a f**king fool … are you coming over … okay (sic) … if we aren’t going to maintain speaking I’m going to say sure to Jarryd,” extra messages learn.
During pre-trial argument, Judge Turnbull advised the courtroom on the day of the attraction for Hayne’s earlier trial, November 29 2021, the girl had been watching the proceedings by way of AVL.
After seeing Mr Page’s texts within the attraction, the courtroom was advised the girl angrily went to his residence about 11.45am.
“She attends upon the unit and conducts herself on this means, she calls Mr Page however he doesn’t reply,” Judge Turnbull mentioned.
“She bangs on the door and says ‘you f***ed my attraction’.”
The courtroom was advised the police have been then referred to as.
The girl then mentioned to a police officer: “If these messages get out, I’m f***ed and he’ll get off.”
Judge Turnbull advised the courtroom that Mr Page’s housemate was within the unit and opened the door.
“She mentioned, tell Steve he’s simply f***ed me with the attraction’,” Judge Turnbull mentioned.
He mentioned the girl seemed to be “very agitated and indignant” on the time because it was a “situational occasion arising from misery” in the best way she noticed the attraction to be going.
The girl’s “anticipated end result” in relation to the attraction was appropriate, Judge Turnbull mentioned.
He mentioned the girl’s assertion was not inaccurate “within the eyes of a lay particular person” with an emotional attachment to the matter.
Judge Turnbull mentioned he couldn’t see why it was essential to canvass the matter additional, saying it had an “virtually infinitesimal weight”.
He dominated it was not essential to canvass, make clear or ask what was on the girl’s thoughts in the course of the outburst on the trial.
During the trial, the jury was advised Mr Page’s proof was deleted off the girl’s cellphone earlier than she handed it to police.
Mr Page was a brand new witness on this trial after the choose within the second trial in 2021 refused for his proof to be tendered to the jury.
SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
Ms Cunneen advised the courtroom she wished to deal with a “social media marketing campaign” in relation to the trial.
After the defence made an software to have the sufferer come again on the witness stand to deal with additional proof, Ms Cunneen mentioned there had been criticism of it on social media.
“Brittany Higgins, Grace Tame and others have been extremely important of Mr Hayne’s attorneys for pursuing this software,” she mentioned.
Judge Turnbull mentioned the girl had chosen to present proof herself.
When requested by the choose what she may do about it, Ms Cunneen mentioned it was a “matter for the jury”.
“Eventually will probably be our software that you must reinforce with the jury no matter functions have been made, social media ought to be ignored,” she mentioned.
Judge Turnbull mentioned he would make it “completely clear” there might be no entry to social media.
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