Jarryd Hayne pictured for first time as a free man after ruling against fourth rape trial

Jarryd Hayne has been portrayed as a free man two weeks after leaving prison after his rape convictions were overturned on appeal.

While the NRL star walked free, he still faced the prospect of a fourth trial over the incident which took place in 2018.

He had been ordered to live with his wife, post $20,000 bail and not contact the complainant while he waited to learn if he would face a fourth trial on rape allegations.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that the 36-year-old would not face another trial.

A day later he was photographed for the first time outside his home in Parramatta.

Hayne leaves the house wearing a cream hoodie and Nike sweatpants before getting into a car and driving away.

Hayne photographed for the first time as a free man.Source: Matrix Media Group
Hayne will not face a fourth trial.Source: Matrix Media Group
Hayne leaves his Parramatta home for the first time since learning he will not be prosecuted for a fourth time over sexual assault allegations.Source: Matrix Media Group

Hayne spent more than a year behind bars after a jury found him guilty in April 2023 of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

The Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed on Tuesday that he will not face a fourth trial.

“Having carefully considered the many competing factors that inform the public interest assessment in this case, the ODPP has decided not to proceed with a fourth trial against Mr. Hayne,” the statement read.

“The decision was made in accordance with the Prosecutor’s Guidelines.

“As the reasons for the decision are legally privileged, they will not be revealed and the ODPP will not comment further.”

Hayne was due to return to court on July 26, where the ODPP was to reveal whether it would go ahead with the retrial.

He has always denied the accusations.

Hayne walks free from Mary Wade Correctional Center in Lidcombe after winning his appeal against a sexual assault conviction. Image: NewsWire/John AppleyardSource: News Corp Australia

Hayne’s life has suffered a notable fall from grace, as the two-time Dally M winner used to be a household name and began his first grade career with the Parramatta Eels in 2006.

Over the course of his career, Hayne represented New South Wales in the State of Origin 23 times and also played 21 times for Australia and Fiji in test matches.

During his time behind bars, Hayne learned how to use a sewing machine and was put to work in the prison’s textile workshop before being transferred to the laundry.

Hayne earned $48.96 a week for washing his fellow inmates’ sheets for 42 hours a week, a big drop from the $1.2 million he earned playing for the Gold Coast Titans.

He has faced three trials over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman at a Newcastle home on the night of the 2018 NRL Grand Final.

The first trial in 2021 resulted in a hung jury and therefore could not reach a verdict; The subsequent trial in 2021 found him guilty, but the verdict was overturned.

He is now a free man and there is no chance of a fourth trial over the incident.

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