Disgraced Hey Dad! actor and paedophile Robert Hughes disguised his identity when leaving his cell
Embarrassed Hey Daddy! actor and convicted sex offender Robert Hughes hid under a headscarf and sunglasses every time he left his cell.
Hughes donned the “disguise” after being given a horrific welcome at Goulburn Prison in 2014 when inmates threw milk cartons full of human waste at him, covering him from head to toe.
The incident reportedly left the actor in tears, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The 73-year-old was released from Long Bay Correctional Facility on Tuesday and deported to the UK to live with his wife, Agent Robyn Gardiner, after being paroled by the NSW State Parole Authority.
Embarrassed Hey Daddy! actor and convicted sex offender Robert Hughes (pictured), 73, was released from Long Bay Correctional Facility on Tuesday and deported to the UK to live with his wife, actor-agent Robyn Gardiner, after being paroled by the NSW State Parole Authority
Robert Hughes (pictured) spent more than six years in prison for the despicable sexual abuse of four young girls spanning 20 years
As a result of the defecation experience at Goulburn Prison in 2014, a wire screen called ‘the Hey Dad! wall” was erected to protect the actor from further projectiles.
He was later moved to Metropolitan Special Programs Center in Long Bay.
It has been reported that in his final months, Hughes “kept to himself” and “did not really associate with anyone.”
He was released from his cell at 7 a.m. every day and spent his time working or in the garden, walking around alone.
“He seemed to be hiding his identity… He didn’t want anyone to know who he was.”
Hughes was paid weekly for his work at a prison recycling job.
This allowed him to buy items from the ‘purchase scheme’, including savory candies, noodles, canned goods, or newspapers.
Prison sources stated that although Hughes had an “attitude of justice” about him, he was well behaved.
Robert Hughes (bottom left) was jailed in 2014 on 10 charges related to sexual and indecent acts committed against four young girls, including his daughter Sarah Monahan (bottom center), in the 1980s and 1990s.
Ms Gardiner told the probation agency that she will keep him away from children if he is unsupervised.
He and his wife promised that once back in the community, he would seek treatment from Rachel Pike, a clinical psychologist who specializes in convicted sex offenders who deny their crimes.
This would help his reintegration and reduce his risk of recidivism.
Hughes renounced his Australian citizenship in 2020 and became a non-lawful citizen who had to be deported on release.
During its parole hearing, the SPA said it was convinced that Hughes’s release after eight years behind bars was in the interest of community safety.
Hughes, who starred as Martin Kelly in the TV comedy from 1987 to 1994, was previously rejected by the SPA twice.
Hughes was sentenced to 10 years and nine months in prison in 2014 with a six-year unconditional term, expiring in April 2020.
A jury found him guilty of ten charges related to sexual and indecent acts committed against four young girls in the 1980s and 1990s.
The SPA accepted expert evidence that Hughes (pictured, top left) was consistently rated as having a lower than average risk of sexual reoffending
Hughes continues to deny his crimes despite “overwhelming evidence.”
Victims, including his former on-screen daughter, Sarah Monahan, attended his third hearing.
“He’s an old man and he’s frail, but they don’t change, and he’s a denier,” Ms. Monahan said.
“He still thinks he didn’t do anything.”
The SPA acknowledged that the “profound and damaging effects on the victims … continue to this day and are likely to have lifelong consequences.”
“It must be extremely painful for the victims to observe the perpetrator’s persistent and persistent denials in the face of compelling and overwhelming evidence from multiple witnesses,” it said.
The SPA accepted expert evidence that Hughes was consistently rated as having a below-average risk of sexual recidivism.
This prevented him from accessing sex offender treatment programs while in custody.
Robert Hughes was moved to the Metropolitan Special Programs Center in Long Bay (pictured)
Judge Peter Zahra said Hughes (pictured) ‘abused his position of trust and exploited the naivety and youth of the children’
Prior to his release, a psychologist prepared an unflattering report for the state probation service.
It referred to Hughes “as a categorical denier who has no empathy for the victim.”
Hughes made his third parole attempt after two failed attempts. His minimum sentence of six years made him eligible for parole on April 6, 2020.
Judge Peter Zahra, who died suddenly last month, pronounced the sentence with strong conviction against Hughes.
‘He committed brutal predatory behavior; he planned and orchestrated the occasions on which the behavior occurred. His behavior was persistent and calculated,” he said.
‘He abused his position of trust and exploited the naivety and youthfulness of the children.
‘The profound and damaging effects on the victims over many years, if not their entire lives. The victims here remain deeply troubled by the perpetrator’s behaviour.’
Australian Border Force has advised to notify British authorities of Hughes’ imminent return.
‘The profound and damaging effects on the victims over many years, if not their entire lives. The victims here remain deeply troubled by the perpetrator’s behaviour,” added Judge Peter Zahra
Hughes will be monitored in the UK under the ‘notification requirements’ of the Sexual Offenses Act.
He must report to the police within three days of his return to the UK, and then once a year and within three days of changing his details.
He must provide passport and bank details and must notify the police of any intention to leave the UK.
Hughes must also provide details of where he lives and where he regularly resides if this is different from his home address.
“It is mandatory to notify the police if he is going to stay (for a minimum period of 12 hours) in a household where a child is present,” the probation authority noted.
He will be sent back to prison for up to six months if he does not meet these conditions.
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