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Inmates Pelt Fruit At Jarryd Hayne During First Month In Jail

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Inmates Pelt Fruit At Jarryd Hayne During First Month In Jail

Jarryd Hayne has had a frosty reception during his first month in a Sydney prison.

The former NRL star was sentenced to five years and nine months behind bars at the start of May for sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home in 2018.

He's calling Parklea Correctional Centre in Sydney's west home for now and it appears his fellow inmates have already targeted him.

According to News Corp, when Hayne was being moved from a medical clinic to a yard there was a bit of a fruity confrontation with other prisoners.

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They allegedly chucked apples at the disgraced athlete after identifying him as a VIP inmate.

A prison source has told the Daily Telegraph: "Hayne was put in a little yard which the clinic uses - far enough away from others, but still easy for other wings to see him, and know it's him.

"And all the crims threw their ­apples at him. Just cheap apples. Nothing fancy."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
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Thankfully for him, he wasn't hit by any of the flying fruit but you can imagine it would have been an intimidating experience.

Hayne is being separated from the rest of the prison population for two weeks while he completes his coronavirus quarantine.

He hasn't tested positive for the virus, however it's mandatory for all new arrivals to wait the 14 days to ensure the pandemic doesn't make its way into the prison system.

Once his two weeks is up, he'll get to mix with everyone else.

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But he might not be stationed at Parklea for long as he's formally known as a 'special interest inmate'.

Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin will decide where Hayne will serve his lengthy sentence, a process that could take several more weeks to decide.

The Daily Telegraph suggested Hayne could be moved to Cooma jail. The 33-year-old will be forced to serve a minimum sentence of three years and eight months in jail.

His legal team have already lodged a notice of intention to appeal in the NSW Supreme Court.

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He will have to stay behind bars throughout the appeals process and he will have up to 12 months to launch a formal appeal.

Hayne was formally convicted back in March after District Court Judge Helen Syme found the athlete guilty of non-consensual sexual intercourse.

The judge said Hayne only stopped his 'extreme form of violence' when he noticed the victim was bleeding and not when she told him to stop.

"The fact is she said no to the sexual activity the offender was forcing on her...the offender was fully aware the victim was not consenting," the judge said.

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Topics: Australia

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