NSW’s top sex crimes cop has praised the “amazingly courageous, resilient” woman who came forward to accuse NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne of sexually assaulting her.
Speaking after the jury found Hayne, 33, guilty of sexual assault on Monday afternoon, Detective Superintendent Stacey Maloney said NSW Police respected and acknowledged the result.
Former NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne after being found guilty of sexual assault. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia
Superintendent Maloney, the Commander of the Commander of Child Abuse and Sex Squad, applauded the victim’s stoicism during the drawn out court process, which took two trials.
Hayne has indicated he intends to also appeal the decision.
“Firstly I’d like to say what an incredible feat it was for the victim to go through this process,” she said.
“Her courage, resilience and steely nature through this process has been something that the investigators have worked with on a daily basis with her.”
Detective Superintendent Stacey Maloney said police had been impressed with how the woman dealt with the ordeal. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye GerardSource:News Corp Australia
Detectives had been in contact with the woman after developing a “close relationship” with her throughout the ordeal.
“And for her this process has seen justice,” Superintendent Maloney said.
“And she certainly entered into this process with the thoughts of herself, but other people who are going through something like she has.
“(She is) amazingly courageous, resilient. I think as we all know it’s a really difficult process for everyone involved, but in particular victims and she’s certainly has come through this and feeling that she’s succeeded.”
Hayne is set to appeal the decision. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia
The issue of consent and sexual assault has dominated headlines in Australia of late following the rape allegations made by former Federal Government staffer Brittany Higgins.
Despite being cautious of drawing comparisons with Hayne’s case, Superintendent Maloney said such a verdict was vital in encouraging more victims of sex crimes to make themselves known to police.
“And lastly I’d like to say in terms of victims coming forward, I know there’s been a lot of comments around this lately, but we want to know, we want people to come forward to us,” she said.
“We want to hear your story. We need you to know that we believe you and that we will be on the journey with you in relation to this process.”
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