22 July, 2024
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Jarryd Hayne Released from Custody After Conviction Reversed; Former Magistrate Criticizes Jury Trials in Sexual Assault Cases

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Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne has been released from custody after his conviction for sexually assaulting a woman in 2018 was reversed in a 2-1 split decision by NSW’s highest court. Hayne was granted bail while the Director of Public Prosecutions decides his fate.

Moreover, former magistrate David Heilpern mentioned that the case shows the system has become “untenable” for prosecutions of sexual assault. “It is simply not acceptable, I would suggest, to the vast majority of the community to have a situation where, six years later, we’re considering whether to have another trial,” Mr. Heilpern emphasized.

Heilpern further said the reason this has occurred is because of jury trials. “We don’t have juries in the local court where matters of great seriousness are dealt with, we don’t have juries in family court where decisions are made about where children live. I think it’s about time we got rid of the archaic jury trial in sexual assault matters because this is exactly the problem,” Heilpern said.

Furthermore, Mr. Hayne has always maintained his innocence regarding his convictions.

Featured Image: Jarahd Hayne when young. Photo by PAPARAZZI C/C WikimediaCommonsCreative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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