Hayne supporter punished for gross act

 

The man accused of spitting outside a Newcastle courthouse after fallen NRL star Jarryd Hayne was sentenced on Thursday will be fined by police.

Mina Greiss was issued a criminal infringement notice for offensive conduct and will be hit with a $500 fine after he allegedly spat outside court as the media scrum and Hayne's victim were leaving the courthouse.

There's no suggestion he spat at anyone in particular.

Images show the 38-year-old filming from the pavement outside the court.

Tempers flared and ugly scenes erupted after Hayne was sentenced for the 2018 rape of the Newcastle woman.

A group of friends and family attempted to shield Hayne's wife Amellia Bonnici as she walked out of the courthouse.

Mina Greiss will be issued a fine.
Mina Greiss will be issued a fine.

Several of them waved umbrellas and formed a scrum around Ms Bonnici as she attempted to get into a waiting car.

One photographer told NCA Newswire that he was punched in the back of the head and placed in a headlock.

Greiss isn't accused of being involved in this and police have not laid any charges.

"It's a reflection on them - it's absolutely disgraceful and disgusting," NSW Police Detective Inspector Eugene Stek said at the time.

A tussle also took place between some supporters and journalists.

Some supporters had to be held back by friends and family as tempers ran high.

Eventually, the group dispersed with no arrests made.

In the courtroom on Thursday, the victim delivered a powerful victim impact statement about the rape, saying it devastated her life.

Greiss allegedly spat outside court after Jarryd Hayne was sentenced for raping a Newcastle womant. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer.
Greiss allegedly spat outside court after Jarryd Hayne was sentenced for raping a Newcastle womant. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Peter Lorimer.

Hayne was sentenced by Judge Helen Syme to five years and nine months behind bars, with a minimum non-parole period of three years and eight months.

Inspector Stek praised the bravery of the woman, saying she was an inspiration to fellow victims.

"I'd like to comment on the bravery of the survivor of this matter - a very strong and inspiring young woman who has got the world at her feet," he said.

"I hope other women can draw inspiration from her, men can draw inspiration from her and have confidence to come to the police."

- additional reporting by Steve Zemek

Originally published as Hayne supporter punished for gross act