Jarryd Hayne has quit the $24-a-week sewing job he was assigned in prison and has started a new traineeship in the jail’s laundry room – which will see his wage double.
The disgraced footballer was jailed for a minimum term of three years and eight months for sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home in 2018 and is locked up at the Cooma Correctional Centre.
Cooma is a medium and minimum security facility 400km south-west of Sydney which houses high-profile white collar criminals.
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
Hayne had earlier worked in the textiles workshop of the Cooma Correctional Centre where he is carrying out his sentence
Hayne, 33, had to learn how to use a sewing machine when he was put to work in the jail’s textile workshop but after requesting a different career path he’s now making $48.96 a week washing inmates’ sheets, the Daily Telegraph reported.
A prison source said Hayne was ‘no seamstress’ and said he ‘wasn’t happy and wanted out’ of the job.
He was offered a normal role in the laundry room which would have seen him earn similar to what he made from sewing before he accepted the traineeship at the end of June.
The former NRL star will now make close to $50 a week for 42 hours work.
It’s a monumental fall from the $1.2million-a-year he made playing for the Gold Coast Titans.
Hayne will also reportedly be washing the sheets of those in the aged care and healthcare industries as well as those in nursing homes.
All sentenced inmates in full-time custody in NSW are expected to participate in Corrective Services Industries work programs, if eligible.
The former State of Origin star will now make close to $50 a week working in the prison’s laundry room on a traineeship
The textile workshop at Cooma is pictured. Hayne had requested a different job from sewing prisoners’ clothes
Corrective Services Industries offers work for Cooma prisoners in textiles, food services, community projects, ground maintenance and the jail’s museum.
Hayne, who made his name as fullback for the Parramatta Eels, can use the money he earns in prison for ‘buy-ups’ such as extra food and toiletries, or to help pay family bills.
His 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.
Hayne was earlier held at the maximum security Parklea prison before being transferred to Cooma on May 26 which was once 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.
Cooma is a medium and minimum security facility 400km south-west of Sydney which has housed high-profile white collar criminals in recent years
He has always maintained his innocence and will be eligible for parole in January, 2025
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.
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. He will be eligible for parole in January 2025.
He will face court in November to appeal against his conviction.
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.