Christian rugby star Jarryd Hayne, formerly of Australia’s National Rugby League who also once signed a futures contract with the San Francisco 49ers, will be allowed to attend a missionary school as he awaits trial on two rape charges.
Hayne, 31, hasn’t formally pleaded to the charges yet but he is accused of sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman on Sept. 30, 2018, in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, The Guardian said. It is alleged in documents that Hayne had sex with the woman without her consent and “recklessly inflicted actual bodily harm” to her during the alleged rape.
During an appearance at a Newcastle court Wednesday, magistrate Robert Stone committed the former rugby player for trial in the NSW district court.
The Perth arm of the evangelical group Youth With A Mission runs a broad range of training courses which, it says, can lead directly to related ministry opportunities. Stone was presented with two letters from the organization to assist Hayne’s application to attend the school, which was opposed by prosecutor Hamish Fitzhardinge on the grounds varying bail could put the community at risk.
Hayne’s lawyer, Richard Pontello, told the court that while participating in the course the former footballer would be staying a short walk away in a dormitory for adult males only The Guardian reported.
“[The course providers] are aware of the nature of the charges and Mr. Hayne’s background, having gone through the formal application process,” he said. “He’s been assessed as suitable with full disclosure.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair