Hayne wants rape accuser to testify again


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Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne’s third trial on rape charges will go ahead, with him seeking to have his accuser give evidence again.

During a brief mention on Monday in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court, Judge Warwick Hunt confirmed the trial date of March 6 and noted that Hayne’s legal team had put the Crown on notice for the complainant to be recalled.

Hayne was released from jail in February last year after the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal quashed his convictions and ordered a retrial.

He had served nine months of a minimum of three years and eight months term imposed after he was found guilty of two charges of sexual intercourse without consent.

The former Parramatta Eels player faced his first trial in Newcastle in 2020, but the jury could not reach a verdict.

The Crown contended in both trials that Hayne forcibly performed oral and digital sexual intercourse on a woman in her NSW Hunter bedroom on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final.

Hayne has always maintained the encounter was consensual.

His barrister successfully argued for his convictions to be overturned on two appeal grounds – that there was an error in the legal directions given to the jury and an error in a pre-trial ruling on evidence.

The case was adjourned on Monday until pre-trial orders on February 6.

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