A Newcastle local known to ply trade as a shoe shiner outside a NSW courthouse has made the most of recent press coverage to advertise his business.
The Australian press is keeping a close eye on the ongoing Jarryd Hayne rape trial, with the latest news out of the Newcastle Courthouse pointing to a jury being unable to reach unanimous verdicts on two charges of aggravated sexual assault.
Former NRL player Hayne, 32, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which included recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm.
The jury, which asked for a transcript of the entire two-week trial on Thursday afternoon, elected to return this week, the Australian Associated Press reported.
It comes after prosecutors, during the two-week trial, alleged Hayne had sexually assaulted a woman, 28, at her home near Newcastle in 2018.
But as Hayne left the Newcastle Courthouse recently, freelance journalist Dan Proudman shared screen captures of a 7News report on the trial, noting a savvy photo bomber: Ronny the shoe-shiner.
Anyone else notice how Ronny, the shoe shining extraordinaire who plies his trade outside Newcastle Courthouse, has been getting a lot of free advertising during the Jarryd Hayne trial with some quite clever and cunning positioning? pic.twitter.com/Bkd094jIRR
— Dan Proudman (@Proudman74) December 4, 2020
“Anyone else notice how Ronny, the shoe shining extraordinaire who plies his trade outside Newcastle Courthouse, has been getting a lot of free advertising during the Jarryd Hayne trial with some quite clever and cunning positioning?” Proudman tweeted.
One user, Maree Edwards, responded: “Lol I told him the other day I saw him on tv and he said I will be doing it every day to get more customers. Good on him. Very clever move.”
Featured image source: Twitter/@Proudman74
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