Ex Hey Dad! The sad transformation of the actor and convicted pedophile was revealed when he stood trial for freedom.
Convicted pedophile and former Australian TV star Robert Hughes should be released from prison as he is at low risk of reoffending, the court said.
The 73-year-old former Hey Dad star who was described as old and infirm is serving a 10 year and nine month prison sentence for historic child sex crimes, including non-consensual sexual intercourse and multiple lewd acts. to attack.
His six-year non-parole period expired in 2020 and the NSW Parole Authority denied him parole twice.
Authorities held a public hearing in Sydney on Friday after earlier requesting a psychological report on Hughes’ risk of reoffending.
Speaking at the hearing, Hughes’ legal representative said he was “consistently rated as medium, low, or low risk of reoffending.”
“While in custody, he is not eligible to participate in programs, he is not eligible to participate in any programs for sex offenders … there are no other programs that he could go through while in custody that allowed reduce the risk of reoffending,” the legal representative said.
“This is not a situation where he will not be followed when he is released into society.
“He is a gentleman at the end of his years. His focus on the release is to keep a very low profile.”
It was said at the hearing that Hughes’ wife, former celebrity agent Robin Gardner, supported him and contacted a psychologist who specializes in treating sex offenders like Hughes who maintain their innocence.
If parole is granted, Hughes will be immediately deported to the UK after he renounces his Australian citizenship and the federal government revokes his residence permit.
In the UK, Hughes will be required to notify the authorities of his whereabouts and personal circumstances, and his legal representative will say at the hearing that “serious sanctions” will be imposed if the notification orders are violated.
Several of the victims Hughes pursued in the 1980s and 90s, including former co-star Sarah Monahan, were in court for the hearing, and he showed no emotion when he appeared via audiovisual on-screen from prison.
“He looked very, very old,” Ms Monahan told reporters gathered outside the Parramatta courthouse where the hearing was taking place.
“Anyone who goes through this and is afraid to go to court and see them, by all means do it, because it takes away all their power.
“I wanted him to see me… and not be afraid anymore.”
Ms Monahan said she doubted the findings that Hughes had a low risk of reoffending.
“He’s old and frail, but they don’t change,” she said.
“He’s a denier, he still thinks he didn’t do anything wrong, so he’ll keep doing the wrong things and saying, ‘I didn’t do anything.’
“On the one hand, I would prefer him to stay in prison where he doesn’t harm children, but on the other hand, just let him go, let him be someone’s problem, and then I won’t have to deal with this anymore. “.
Most of Hughes’ crimes were committed before he landed the lead role of widowed father Martin Kelly on the hit Channel 7 sitcom, which ran for seven years, according to court documents.
While in prison, Hughes claimed to have been subjected to constant verbal and physical abuse, including pouring excrement, urine, and boiling water over him.
Hughes’ sentence expires January 6, 2025.
The Parole Board reserved its decision.