Rugby league: Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne jailed for at least three more years for sexual assault

Jarryd Hayne.
Jarryd Hayne. Photo credit: Getty Images

Former NRL star Jarryd Haye has been sentenced to a minimum of three years in prison for the sexual assault of a woman in Newcastle in 2018.

Hayne, 35, will be eligible for parole on May 6 2025, having already spent 10 months behind bars.

The former Dally M medallist has spent the past month in jail after he was taken into custody during a bail hearing on April 14. 

But those four weeks will count towards his sentence, with Judge Turnbull telling the court Hayne is a "completely different man" to the person who committed the offences.

"People are going to be left to suffer as a result of him being taken from them," he told the court.

"He is going to be doing his time in a difficult environment."

The offences occurred on the night of the NRL Grand Final in 2018, with Hayne found guilty of two counts of sexually assaulting a woman in her suburban home.

Hayne's defence insisted the sex was consensual, claiming the woman texted him afterward, wanting him to stay. 

He said the pair had chatted on social media for two weeks before their meeting, and the woman had sent sexual and suggestive texts.

The woman said she did not want to have sex, after she found out he left a taxi outside her home, waiting for him to return.