“I’d rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth than be a free man living a lie” – Hayne set to appeal rape conviction

Team of the Week Jarryd Hayne

Jarryd Hayne is set to appeal his sexual assault convictions, with the hearing in November.

The former Parramatta player and NRL star was found guilty in March of sexually assaulting a woman in her bedroom on the night of the 2018 NRL Grand Final by forcibly performing oral and digital sexual intercourse on her, the Guardian has revealed.

Hayne was slapped with a five year and nine month sentence after the district court judge, Helen Syme, ruled that Hayne had to be jailed because non-consensual sexual intercourse was an extreme form of violence.

His lawyer told a registrar in the NSW court of criminal appeal on that Hayne would challenge his convictions, rather than his sentence.

The hearing – which will likely last for three hours – is planned for 29 November when Hayne will appear via video link.

“I‘ll definitely appeal,” he said shortly after the jury handed down its decision.

He added: “I’d rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth than be a free man living a lie.”

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