NRL stars Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin have spent a combined total of over $1million on legal fees that led to hung juries
- Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin have paid a combined total of over $1million
- Both NRL stars have stood trial over separate allegations of sexual assault
- The cases both ended in a mistrial and it is likely they will both face another trial
Jarryd Hayne and Jack de Belin have shelled out a combined total of more than $1million dollars in their sexual assault cases – which both ended in a mistrial.
The embattled NRL stars will likely now have to stump up even more cash to compensate their high-flying legal eagles when their retrials begin.
Insiders estimate Hayne, 32, is paying up to $13,000 a day on lawyers while de Belin, 29, is said to be forking out upwards of $10,000.
Jarryd Hayne (right) and Jack de Belin (left) have shelled out a combine total of over $1million dollars in their sexual assault cases which have both ended in a mistrial
The St George Dragons lock forward’s case was discharged by a Wollongong jury after a tense 20-day trial.
De Belin was charged with raping a 19-year-old woman in a North Wollongong unit in the early hours of December 9, 2018 – along with his co-accused Callan Sinclair, 23.
Both pleaded not guilty to five charges of aggravated sexual assault and the jury of seven men and five women were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the charges.
The highly respected silk de Belin hired – barrister David Campbell SC – is estimated to have charged the New South Wales Blues enforcer about $7000 a day, the Daily Telegraph reported.
His team of solicitors are likely costing upwards of $3000 a day.
All up the three-and-a-half week rape trial would have cost about $250,000 when trial preparation fees are included.
De Belin was charged with raping a 19-year-old woman in a North Wollongong unit in the early hours of December 9, 2018 (pictured with partner)
The St George Dragons lock forward’s case was discharged by a Wollongong jury after a tense 20-day trial
De Belin also took the NRL to the Federal Court of Australia where he lost his challenge against the code’s no-fault stand down policy.
This cost him $100,000 in legal fees and he was also ordered to pay a further $300,000 to cover the NRL’s legal costs.
De Belin is now looking at shelling out a further $150,000 when his retrial gets underway in April.
The total bill is likely to add up to about $800,000.
It is not yet known whether Jarryd Hayne will stand for another trial, but so far the Parramatta fullback is estimated to have spent about $250,000.
The New South Wales and Australian representative player enlisted the services of Phillip Boulten SC and solicitor Penny Musgrave.
He was charged with aggravated sexual assault and recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm after he allegedly committed two sex acts on a woman, 28, at a home in near Newcastle, causing two lacerations to her genitalia.
It is not yet known whether Jarryd Hayne will stand for another trial, but so far the Parramatta fullback is estimated to have spent about $250,000 (pictured with partner)
But earlier this month a Newcastle District Court was unable to reach a unanimous verdict after the 11-day trial.
Sources said his senior counsel charges up to $9900 per day for his services.
‘Boulten is the cheapest silk on the planet for his level of expertise,’ one Sydney criminal lawyer said.
The New South Wales and Australian representative player enlisted the services of Phillip Boulten SC and solicitor Penny Musgrave
‘He is one of the most respected barristers in the country and could actually charge a lot more.’
It is estimated Ms Musgrave’s is likely charging about $3000 a day.
Another Sydney criminal lawyer who also could not be named said the bill can include things like travel and accommodation fees as well as the cost of trial preparation.
Prices also depend on the complexity of the case, the lawyer said.