Disgraced NRL star Jarryd Hayne is pelted with APPLES after being recognised by crims in the prison yard as officers decide where the ‘high-interest inmate’ should spend his five years for rape
- Convicted rapist Jarryd Hayne has spent his first week behind bars at Parklea
- Had apples thrown at him after he was spotted in prison yard by other inmates
- Remains in quarantine in the maximum security wing until end of this week
Disgraced former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has had apples hurled at him by inmates a week after the convicted rapist was jailed.
Hayne, 33, remains holed up in Parklea Jail’s maximum security wing as he undergoes a mandatory 14-day Covid-19 isolation period after he was recently sentenced to five years and nine months for raping a young woman in Newcastle in 2018.
Inmates at the western Sydney jail spotted the high-profile prisoner when he was moved from a medical clinic to a prison yard on Friday.
The fruit pelted through the steel mesh fence separating Hayne from the general prison population missed the intended target, a prison source told the Daily Telegraph.
Jarryd Hayne (right) pictured with his wife Amellia Bonnici at a court appearance in March has already sparked anger from inmates in his first week at Parklea Jail
‘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,’ the source told the publication.
‘And all the crims threw their apples at him. Just cheap apples. Nothing fancy.’
Hayne has made no special request to remain segregated from other inmates, despite the incident, sources say.
NSW Corrective Services confirmed to Daily Mail Australia the incident did occur but declined to comment further.
Hayne is expected to be transferred to the medium security wing when his isolation period ends this Friday and will likely serve much of his sentence as a minimum security prisoner.
The two-time Dally M Medal winner has been formally classified as a ‘special interest inmate’, meaning only Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin can decide on his classification.
There is speculation Hayne may later be transferred to Cooma jail in the NSW Snowy Mountains which high-profile white collar criminals have called home.
Notable prisoners at Cooma include former police office and convicted murdered Roger Rogerson and disgraced businessman Salim Mehajer.
However, it’s understood the assessment process to determine Hayne’s next placement could take some time.
Hayne was being moved from a medical clinic to a prison yard when he had apples pelted at him by other inmates. Pictured is the prison yard at Parklea Jail’s maximum security unit
Inmates from other units at Parklea spotted the high profile prisoner through the steel mesh fence and threw fruit at him . Pictured are the grounds within Parklea Jail
Hayne will spend a minimum three years eight months behind bars and won’t be eligible for parole until early 2025.
Hayne’s lawyers lodged papers with the New South Wales Supreme Court on May 7, the day after the disgraced former footy star spent his first night behind bars.
He has filed a Notice of Intention to Appeal with the state’s highest court – the first step in his attempt to overturn the jail term.
Hayne’s legal team have 12 months to launch a formal appeal.
Jarryd Hayne (pictured with partner Amellia after proposing to her on Christmas Day) will remain behind bars until early 2025