Fallen footy star Jarryd Hayne is spotted for the first time in months enjoying a day at the beach with his wife Amellia Bonnici and their daughter as he awaits a sexual assault retrial
- Jarryd Hayne spotted paddling at Sydney’s Balmoral beach with his family
- He was enjoying his freedom after he was released from jail in February
- Hayne served almost 10 months in prison for alleged rape in Newcastle in 2018
- Conviction was quashed on appeal but he now faces a third trial in March 2023
Fallen star Jarryd Hayne has soaked up the sun with his family at a Sydney beach as he enjoys his freedom before his retrial for rape next March.
The former Parramatta Eel was spotted paddling in the shallows of Balmoral Beach on Sydney’s north shore with wife Amellia Bonnici and their daughter Beliviah, five.
Hayne, 34, is currently out on bail after nine months in jail while he awaits a third trial over the alleged sexual assault of a woman, which he has consistently denied and insists was consensual.
His first trial ended in a hung jury but he was found guilty at a second trial over the alleged attack in Newcastle after the 2018 NRL grand final.
Jarryd Hayne (pictured) looked relaxed as he enjoyed a day at the beach on Saturday
He was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison, but the conviction was quashed on appeal and he was freed in February after serving almost 10 months behind bars at Cooma Correctional Centre.
Loyal wife Amellia has consistently stood by her man throughout the ordeal and bystanders said they looked happy and relaxed as they basked in the sunshine on Saturday.
Hayne stripped down to a pair of black shorts and waded into the shallows with his child, with the pair building sandcastles.
Wife Amellia was also seen rubbing sunscreen lotion onto the footballer’s back as they stood on the shore at the busy beach which neighbours upmarket Mosman.
Keeping sun safe, Amellia (right) applied lotion to the footballer’s back as they stood on the shore
He joined his young daughter – who was wearing floaties – to make sandcastles on the beach and make the most of their time together.
The former player – who failed in his bid to transition to the NFL in 2015 – appeared to be accompanied by friends for the outing, one of whom carried a baby in their arms.
Despite hanging up his boots, Hayne still backs the Eels and showed his support on social media when Parramatta beat North Queensland Cowboys in September to qualify for the grand final against Penrith Panthers.
He shared footage to Instagram of honking cars and chanting Eels fans on the streets of Parramatta following the come-from-behind victory in Townsville.
In February, Hayne had a rape conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal, resulting in his release from Cooma Correctional Centre. Pictured with wife Amellia
‘If your (sic) not from western Sydney you wouldn’t understand,’ he wrote.
‘Boys don’t know what there in for this next week! Best supporter base in the country!
‘Eels v Panthers GF. Be one of the best eva! (sic) ‘Can we have (the) same ref and touchies next week! Cheers!’
Despite Hayne’s support the Eels lost 28-12, extending their miserable 36-year premiership drought, the longest in NRL history.
In February, Hayne had a rape conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal, resulting in his release from Cooma Correctional Centre after he served nine months in jail
Hayne has vehemently denied the allegations, insisting the sexual encounter was consensual
Hayne has twice faced a jury over the allegations – his first trial in Newcastle in late 2020 resulted in a hung jury