Jarryd Hayne, a rugby player, has won an appeal in a sexual assault case involving two women.

Jarryd Hayne, a former rugby player, has won his appeal against two sexual assault convictions. On the night of the 2018 National Rugby League (NRL) grand final, Hayne, 33, was found guilty of assaulting a 26-year-old lady in her home in New South Wales.

Last May, he was sentenced to a maximum of five years and nine months in prison.

Rugby star Jarryd Hayne wins appeal in sexual assault case against two women

After his first trial ended in a hung jury, the former player was found guilty in a second trial.

However, after Hayne’s legal team argued that his conviction was founded on “flawed” jury instructions, the state’s court of criminal appeal has annulled his convictions and ordered a retrial.

The lawyers also claimed that the evidence against him was inconclusive and that the woman’s “outburst” in court, in which she cried “no means no,” was prejudicial.

Prosecutors claimed Hayne sexually attacked the woman in her bedroom, resulting in two injuries, but Hayne insisted all sexual activity was consensual and the injuries were unintentional.

Judge Helen Syme remarked in Hayne’s 2021 sentence that he was well aware of the woman’s actions.

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