SHAMED former rugby star Joe Naidole has been jailed for five years.
The former Huddersfield Rugby League Club player – who has already served time for killing a man – has been found him guilty of raping a teenage student at his Huddersfield home last year.
Judge Roger Scott yesterday jailed him for five years at Bradford Crown Court, banned him from working with children for life and also ordered his name to be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Naidole, 39, of Winget Avenue, Cowlersley, had claimed his 17-year-old victim had consented to sex with him.
But a jury last month unanimously found him guilty of rape.
He had been remanded in custody since then, awaiting sentence.
The student, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been for a night out in Huddersfield and went back to Naidole’s home with him and his girlfriend.
The teenager, who had been sleeping on a sofa in the living room, told the court Naidole had come downstairs and raped her the next morning while his girlfriend was upstairs in bed.
Naidole’s rugby career included spells at Huddersfield and Featherstone in the 1990s, as well as playing for Fiji at international level.
In 1990 he served a 12-month prison sentence for manslaughter, an offence committed while he was working as a bouncer.
Naidole was only 22 when he was convicted of the manslaughter of a man at the Changing Lights club at Folly Hall.
He was a doorman at the club when he struck a man who subsequently died.
Naidole was jailed for 12 months, but was released on licence early to resume his playing career with the Fartown club.
He had joined Huddersfield in January, 1990, on a three-year contract, having been spotted playing at second row for local amateur side Deighton Woolpack.
He became a regular in the team before moving to Featherstone in 1995.
His father Tom – who had also played at Fartown – was once a top international in his native Fiji.