Convicted rapist Jarryd Hayne is immediately put to work in his new home sewing clothes for fellow inmates in the New South Wales prison system.
The NRL star is learning how to use a sewing machine after being transferred from Parklea maximum security prison to Cooma Correctional Center on May 26.
Cooma is a medium and minimal security facility located 400km southwest of Sydney, which has housed high-profile white-collar criminals in recent years.
Hayne, who was sentenced to a minimum of three years and eight months in prison in 2018 for sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home, has quickly settled in.
Convicted rapist Jarryd Hayne has been put to work in his new home sewing clothes for fellow inmates in 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 that Hayne completed his first shifts at the prison’s textile workshop making inmate clothing, also known as prison green. The 33-year-old has been told that his pay will now be based on the quality of his work and his productivity
Wages for a five-day 30-hour week in prison range from $24.60 to $70.55. If exceptional circumstances cause an inmate to work extra hours, he can receive up to $85 per week. The textile workshop in Cooma is in the photo
All convicted inmates in full-time custody in NSW are expected to participate in Corrective Services Industries’ work programs, if eligible.
Corrective Services Industries employs Cooma inmates in textiles, food services, community projects, ground maintenance and the prison museum.
Sources confirmed that Hayne completed his first shifts at the prison’s textile workshop making inmate clothing, also known as prison green.
The 33-year-old, who made $1.2 million playing for the Gold Coast Titans, has been told that his salary will now be based on the quality of his work and his productivity.
Wages for a five-day 30-hour week in prison range from $24.60 to $70.55. If exceptional circumstances cause an inmate to work extra hours, he can receive up to $85 per week.
Hayne, who made a name for himself as a full-back for the Parramatta Eels, can use the money he earns to buy up jail time, such as extra food and toiletries, or help pay family bills.
Cooma is a medium and minimal security facility 400km south west of Sydney, which has housed high profile white-collar criminals in recent years
Hayne, who was sentenced to a minimum of three years and eight months in prison in 2018 for sexually abusing a woman in her Newcastle home, has quickly settled in Cooma (pictured)
Pregnant wife Amellia Bonnici and their four-year-old daughter Beliviah Ivy can make the long journey for visits or book to talk to him via Zoom.
Once a prison exclusively for gay inmates, Cooma is more recently home to Oliver Curtis, the husband of PR guru Roxy Jacenko.
Curtis spent more than a year in Cooma, where winter temperatures dip below freezing, after being jailed in 2016 for conspiracy to commit insider trading.
Other notorious inmates who have spent time in prison include Labor politician and pedophile Milton Orkopoulos and disgraced businessman Salim Mehajer.
Hayne had reportedly requested access to Foxtel in Parklea – subscription TV is not available in NSW prisons – and had apples thrown at him by other inmates.
The double Dally M medalist and one-time faithful state of origin also reportedly had to be informed that the washing was only done once a week.
Hayne, who was held in a health clinic separate from the main prison population in Parklea, is now free to mingle with other inmates.
Hayne will probably have access to a television and maybe newspapers in prison. The Pentecostal can see a chaplain and attend religious services. He is not allowed to have pornographic magazines
Jarryd Hayne was sentenced to a minimum of three years and eight months in prison for raping a woman at her home in 2018. He is pictured with wife Amellia Bonnici
In his cell, Hayne can store Corrective Services-issued clothing, merchandise, educational and hobby/craft materials, medicines, and approved religious items.
The Pentecostal can see a chaplain and attend religious services.
Purchases include drinks, cookies, candy, cake mixes, noodles, sauces, canned foods, personal hygiene items, vitamins and nutritional supplements and can be purchased every week.
Outside deposits can be made into his Detainee account at an Australia Post outlet or online with BPAY, but there is a $100 limit on each transaction.
Hayne will probably have access to a television and maybe newspapers. He is not allowed to have pornographic magazines.
He has always maintained his innocence and has already filed a notice of intent to appeal his conviction for two cases of unauthorized sexual intercourse.
“I’d rather go to jail knowing I’ve told the truth than be a free man living a lie,” Hayne said outside court after a jury found guilty.
Hayne, who was given a maximum sentence of five years and nine months, has 12 months to file his grievances. He will be eligible for parole in January 2025.
TIMELINE TO JARRYD HAYNE’S FOOTBALL DOWNALL
Hayne, who has always maintained his innocence, has already filed a notice of intent to appeal his sentence for following his rape conviction.
1988: Jarryd Hayne was born in Sydney, the son of Manoa Thompson and Jodie Hayne.
1994: Hayne starts playing junior rugby league in Sydney’s west.
2006: Hayne makes his NRL debut for the Parramatta Eels at age 18 against the Penrith Panthers.
2007: The speedster makes his representative debut for New South Wales and Australia.
2008: He signs a $2 million extension with Parramatta.
2008: Hayne was shot by a member of a biker gang during a night out in Sydney’s Kings Cross, an event he believes was a turning point in his life.
2008: After missing out on a place in the Kangaroos World Cup squad, he plays for Fiji where he later turns 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 deal for US$1.58 million with the San Francisco 49ers.
2015: Hayne is accused of raping a virgin on a night out in San Jose, California – a claim Hayne denies.
2016: He retires from the NFL and joins the Fiji rugby sevens team in hopes of making it to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
2016: Hayne returns to NRL signing with the Gold Coast Titans on a million dollar contract.
2018: He signs with the Parramatta Eels on a cheaper than normal contract.
2018: Hayne is charged with aggravated assault in connection with an alleged incident on the Grand Final night in the Hunter region.
2021: The footy star has been found guilty of rape in Newcastle District Court and sentenced to a minimum term of three years and eight months behind bars.