Convicted rapist Jarryd Hayne has been put straight to work in his new home sewing clothes for fellow inmates across the New South Wales prison system.
The NRL star is learning how to use a sewing machine after being transferred from the maximum security Parklea prison to Cooma Correctional Centre on May 26.
Cooma is a medium and minimum security facility 400km south-west of Sydney which has housed high-profile white collar criminals in recent years.
Hayne, who was jailed for a minimum term of three years and eight months for sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home in 2018, has quickly settled in.
Convicted rapist Jarryd Hayne has been put to work in his new home sewing clothing for fellow inmates across the New South Wales prison system. He is pictured with pregnant wife Amellia Bonnici, the mother of his four-year-old daughter Beliviah Ivy
Sources confirmed Hayne had completed his first shifts in the jail’s textile workshop making inmate clothing, known as prison greens. The 33-year-old has been told his pay will now be based on the quality of his work and his productivity
Wages for a five-day 30-hour week of prison labour range from $24.60 to $70.55. If exceptional circumstances mean an inmate works additional hours he can receive a maximum $85 a week. The textile workshop at Cooma is pictured
All sentenced inmates in full-time custody in NSW are expected to participate in Corrective Services Industries work programs, if eligible.
Corrective Services Industries offers work for Cooma prisoners in textiles, food services, community projects, ground maintenance and the jail’s museum.
Sources confirmed Hayne had completed his first shifts in the jail’s textile workshop making inmate clothing, known as prison greens.
The 33-year-old, who earned $1.2million playing for the Gold Coast Titans, has been told his pay will now be based on the quality of his work and his productivity.
Wages for a five-day 30-hour week of prison labour range from $24.60 to $70.55. If exceptional circumstances mean an inmate works additional hours he can receive a maximum $85 a week.
Hayne, who made his name as fullback for the Parramatta Eels, can use the money he earns on prison ‘buy-ups’ such as extra food and toiletries, or to help pay family bills.
Cooma is a medium and minimum security facility 400km south-west of Sydney which has housed high-profile white collar criminals in recent years
Hayne, who was jailed for a minimum term of three years and eight months for sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home in 2018, has quickly settled in at Cooma (pictured)
Pregnant wife Amellia Bonnici and their four-year-old daughter Beliviah Ivy will be able to make the long trip for visits or book to speak to him via Zoom.
Cooma, which was once a jail exclusively for homosexual inmates, has more recently been home to Oliver Curtis, the husband of PR guru Roxy Jacenko.
Curtis spent more than a year at Cooma, where temperatures plummet below freezing in winter, after being jailed for conspiring to commit insider trading in 2016.
Other infamous inmates who have spent time in the prison include Labor politician and paedophile Milton Orkopoulos and disgraced businessman Salim Mehajer.
Hayne had reportedly asked for access to Foxtel at Parklea – subscription TV is not available in NSW prisons – and had apples thrown at him by other inmates.
The dual Dally M medal winner and onetime State of Origin stalwart also reportedly had to be informed washing was only done once a week.
Hayne, who had been held in a health clinic separate from the main prison population at Parklea, is now free to mix with other inmates.
Hayne will likely have access to a television and perhaps newspapers in prison. The Pentecostal Christian can see a chaplain and attend religious services. He will not be allowed to have pornographic magazines
Jarryd Hayne was jailed for a minimum of three years and eight months for raping a woman at her home in 2018. He is pictured with wife Amellia Bonnici
In his cell Hayne can keep Corrective Services-issued clothing, buy-up items, education and hobby/craft materials, medication and approved religious items.
The Pentecostal Christian can see a chaplain and attend religious services.
Buy-ups include drinks, biscuits, sweets, cake mixes, noodles, sauces, tinned food, personal hygiene items, vitamins and dietary supplements and can be purchased each week.
Outside deposits can be made into his inmate account at an Australia Post outlet or online using BPAY but a $100 limit for each transaction applies.
Hayne will likely have access to a television and perhaps newspapers. He will not be allowed to have pornographic magazines.
He has always maintained his innocence and already filed a notice of intention to appeal against his conviction for two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
‘I’d rather go to jail knowing I spoke the truth rather than be a free man living a lie,’ Hayne said outside court following a jury’s guilty verdicts.
Hayne, who was given a maximum sentence of five years and nine months, has 12 months to submit his grounds of appeal. He will be eligible for parole in January 2025.
TIMELINE TO JARRYD HAYNE’S FOOTBALL DOWNFALL
Hayne, who has always maintained his innocence, has already filed a notice of intention to appeal his sentence for following his rape conviction
1988: Jarryd Hayne is born in Sydney, the son of Manoa Thompson and Jodie Hayne.
1994: Hayne begins playing junior rugby league in western Sydney.
2006: Hayne makes his NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels aged 18 against the Penrith Panthers.
2007: The speedster makes his representative debut for New South Wales and Australia.
2008: He signs a $2million extension with Parramatta.
2008: Hayne was shot by a bikie gang member during a night out in Sydney’s Kings Cross, an event he said was a turning point in his life.
2008: After missing out on a place in the Kangaroos World Cup squad he plays for Fiji, later turning to religion.
2009: The star fullback leads the Eels to the NRL Grand Final and wins his first Dally M Medal.
2014: Hayne wins a second Dally M Medal and leads the NRL in tries scored.
2014: He announces his departure from rugby league to attempt a career in the NFL.
2015: Hayne signs a three-year contract for US$1.58million with the San Francisco 49ers.
2015: Hayne is accused of raping a virgin during a night out in San Jose, California – an allegation Hayne denies.
2016: He retires from the NFL and joins the Fiji rugby sevens team in the hopes of making the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2016: Hayne returns to the NRL signing with the Gold Coast Titans on a million-dollar contract.
2018: He signs with the Parramatta Eels on a cheaper-than-usual contract.
2018: Hayne is charged with aggravated sexual assault relating to an alleged incident on Grand Final night in the Hunter region.
2021: The footy star is found guilty of rape in Newcastle District Court and sentenced to a minimum term of three years and eight months behind bars.