Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes – FOUND guilty -Update gets min 6yrs jail

FORMER Hey Dad! STAR Robert Hughes exposed himself to a young cast member on set at the same time other young girls complained about being woken in the night by his sexual advances, a jury has heard today.


Cast of TV show Hey Dad, including Robert Hughes, Sarah Monahan and Simone Buchanan.

Update Finally Jailed today 16/05/14

Robert Hughes, former Hey Dad! star, to serve at least six years in jail over child sexual and indecent assault

Updated 16 minutes ago

Former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been jailed for up to 10 years and 9 months for child sex offences.

Sleep well in jail "Hey Dad" Robert Huges
Sleep well in jail “Hey Dad” Robert Huges

The 65-year-old, who was last month convicted of 10 sexual and indecent assault charges dating back to the 1980s, will have to serve a minimum of six years behind bars.

District Court Judge Peter Zahra outlined each of the guilty charges against Hughes in his sentencing remarks, and raised the testimony of one victim who said she was too young to fight him off.

He said Hughes took advantage of opportunities with children and engaged in predatory behaviour and had “not expressed remorse”.

Judge Zahra also noted Hughes is in protective custody in jail and will continue to feel “social isolation”.

Hughes showed no emotion as the sentence was handed down.

He had pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of sexually or indecently assaulting five girls between 1985 and 1990.

The charges relate to the abuse of girls dating back to the 1980s, when Hughes appeared on one of Australia’s most popular television sitcoms.

The victims were aged between seven and 15 years old at the time of the offences.

Dozens of people packed into the Sydney courtroom for the sentencing, prompting the closure of the public gallery on safety grounds.

Earlier this month Hughes’s sentencing hearing heard harrowing victim impact statements from girls still suffering from the abuse they endured.

One woman, now 37, said she would never have children because of Hughes, and had come to hate the word “dad”.

Another told the court that she wished Hughes “nothing but misery”.

“I hate anyone looking at me. I have no self worth,” she said.

“I never thought I’d see this day. For 26 years I’ve tried to deal with the fact that this just happened. Maybe now I can try to piece my life together again, to not feel ashamed or dirty.

“I hope the punishment fits the crime and you will have to suffer for years to come just like I have … I wish you nothing but misery.”

The jury initially returned a guilty verdict on nine of the charges against Hughes, before taking one more day to find him guilty of a final indecency charge dating back to 1990.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on one charge of indecency charge.

One of the victims who Hughes indecently assaulted was seven when he put her hand on his genitals.

Another child was nine when Hughes told her to swim between his legs at Manly Beach. His swimmers were pulled down.

During the trial the court heard of sleepovers at Hughes’s home where the actor would walk naked into the room where the girls were sleeping and expose himself to them.

Hughes denied this, saying he slept naked and often used the bathroom at night but would never walk into the room where the girls were staying.

The trial lasted almost six weeks.

When the verdicts were read out Hughes stood up in the dock and yelled: “I am innocent.”

The actor is expected to appeal against the sentence.

3PM 07/04/14

UPDATE HUGHES FOUND GUILTY ON 10 OF 11 CHARGES
Former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been found guilty of nine of 11 charges of sexually assaulting young girls in the 1980s.

A jury delivered its verdict after a trial lasting almost six weeks at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court.

Hughes had pleaded not guilty to the 11 charges that he either sexually or indecently assaulted five girls between 1985 and 1990.

The victims were aged between seven and 15 at the time.

Robert Hughes trial: Former Hey Dad! star guilty of one of final two indecency charges

Updated 6 minutes ago 08/04/14

Former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been found guilty of one of his remaining two indecency charges.

Hughes was found guilty on nine other charges of sexual and indecent assault of young girls dating back to the 1980s.

The jury returned to consider the remaining two charges Tuesday morning.

Hughes has now been found guilty on one charge, dating back to 1990, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the other.

The 65-year-old sat quietly in the dock as the verdict was read out.

The trial lasted almost six weeks.

Earlier today, the judge dismissed an application from Hughes’s lawyer to dismiss the jury before it gave verdicts on the final two charges, due to the reporting of yesterday’s guilty verdicts.

“It is my respected submission that media reporting of the accused has been so extensive and pervasive that it is an impossibility to suggest jurors haven’t been exposed to it,” Greg Walsh told the court.

Crown Prosecutor Gina O’Rourke told the court the media reports were based on information the jury had already heard in court.

“This case has received significant media attention and it was inevitable that the nine counts were going to be reported,” she said.

“The media simply reported what the verdicts were and the outburst (by Hughes).

“The reports referred to evidence that the court and jury heard during the trial.”

In delivering his decision on the application, District Court Judge Peter Zahra noted the jury had been diligent and had listened to his instructions about avoiding media reporting of the case.

“The material that I have seen so far is regrettably what had been reported during the trial and I say regrettable because it has been inflammatory…I don’t propose to discharge the jury,” he said.

On Monday Hughes was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and seven counts of indecent assault.

The victims were aged between seven and 15 years old at the time.

District Court Judge Peter Zahra had asked the 12-person jury to deliver at least a majority decision of 11 on the remaining two counts of indecency.

Hughes had pleaded not guilty to all 11 charges of sexually or indecently assaulting five girls between 1985 and 1990.

As the verdicts were read out yesterday Hughes stood up in the dock and yelled: “I am innocent.”

Mr Walsh says it is anticipated the actor will appeal.

He told reporters outside the court that Hughes was a broken man and that he believed it was not a fair trial.

Hughes will be sentenced in May.

Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes exposed himself to young female co-star on set in the 1980s, court hears

February 24, 2014 3:33PM

FORMER Hey Dad! STAR Robert Hughes exposed himself to a young cast member on set at the same time other young girls complained about being woken in the night by his sexual advances, a jury has heard today.

Hughes, 64, has pleaded not guilty to a string of child sex offences, said to have occurred mainly in the mid-1980s.

Update 26/02/14

The boyfriend of an alleged victim of Robert Hughes said he would insist on taking her to bed and touch her

February 26, 2014

AN ALLEGED child victim of Hey Dad! Star Robert Hughes says he molested her at night and then gave her teddy back and told her she was a “good girl”.

Hughes in a publicity still for the popular Channel Seven show.
Hughes in a publicity still for the popular Channel Seven show.

The woman said she would often go to sleepovers at his Artarmon house, in Sydney’s north when the two families were neighbours.

He would walk into the bedroom at night while she slept on a mattress on the floor, she said.

“I remember Robert coming in and telling me to roll over then he would put my hand with his hand,” the victim told the jury on Wednesday.

He helped her masturbated him and rub his sperm on her genitals, she said.

The women who is now 35 said she started sleeping on her stomach and putting her hand underneath her after the incidents started to occur regularly.

On one occasion after it had happened again, Hughes allegedly gave the girl back her teddy bear and told her “good girl, go back to sleep”, she said.

The woman said the same incident happened a number of times but she did not remember exactly because of her young age.

She said she would start making excuses not to go to sleepovers.

After the girl told her parents at the age of seven or eight, they took her to a psychologist, sold their house and moved away from Hughes.

Hughes, 64, has pleaded not guilty in the District Court to 11 child sex offences involving five alleged victims.

The boyfriend of another complainant also gave evidence at his trial on Wednesday.

The man, who dated the girl from when she was 16, said she had first told him about the famous actor at a conversation in her kitchen at Christmas, 1986.

The girl’s parents were friends of the Hughes family and they would often come over to their house when she was a child, he said.

“She asked if I knew the actor from Hey Dad! Robert Hughes,” he said.

“She said late in the evenings when it was bedtime Robert would be fairly insistent to take the children by himself to bed.

“He would then put his hands under the sheets and under their private parts.

“After a short period of time he would leave the room and go downstairs where (the adults) where socialising.

“It had been brought up again on occasion when Robert’s face was on the TV or a reminder of it.”

But Hughes’s barrister Greg Walsh said the former boyfriend had said she told about the Hey Day! actor in 1986 but the show didn’t go to air until 1987.

The trial before Judge Peter Zahra continues.

A District Court jury has today heard five now adult women came forward after media reports alleging Hughes indecently assaulted a young girl who was also working on the popular TV program.

Crown prosecutor Gina O’Rourke has said in her opening address to the jury that Hughes told one of the girls “here’s your teddy, go back to sleep” after rubbing himself against her while she was at his Sydney home for a sleepover.

It is alleged another young girl was indecently touched while he was administering ear drops for an infection she had from getting them pierced.

Four of the complainants knew the actor, who was extradited from London to Sydney in December 2012 to face the charges, through their family or young friends.

The first woman who will give evidence in the trial expected to last up to six weeks previously enjoyed the company of the actor, who was a friend of her parents, but she “eventually came to dread his visits”, Ms O’Rourke said.

She will allege that around the time she was 14 Hughes went into her bedroom after a family dinner party, placed his hand under her doona and through her underwear.

The jury heard that at another party he returned to her room but his time she resisted as he “crouched” beside the bed and placed his fingers inside her underwear.

“The accused became quite rough, pushing back against her resistance,” Ms O’Rourke said.

The woman, now aged in her 40s, is expected to tell the jury she told her mother confronted Hughes about the assaults after she confided that she didn’t want to go on a proposed holiday the two families were taking together.

“You will hear [from the complainant’s mother] that the accused appeared not to care and did not respond to or deny the allegations,” Ms O’Rourke said.

She made a formal statement to police in 2010 after she saw a television program interviewing the woman who alleged Hughes exposed himself to her on the set of Hey Dad! by removing his pants.

Two other women are expected to give evidence that Hughes snuck into the bedroom where they were sleeping at his family home.

The jury heard one described being told to “turn around” while he rubbed against her before giving her a teddy bear and saying “here’s your teddy, go back to sleep.”

On another occasion in the same bedroom Hughes allegedly told her “she was a good girl” after she attempted, but failed, to stop his advances.

The court heard two of the girls made statements to police in the 1980s but Hughes denied the allegations.

Ms O’Rourke said the fourth complainant, a former family friend of the actor, will tell the jury she received “16 long stemmed red roses” with a card saying “Happy Birthday love RH” for her 16th birthday after Hughes told her he wanted to have sex with her but she had informed him she was only 15 and below the age of consent.

On an occasion in 1989 when he drove the then 16 year old home, the court heard Hughes asked her “when they were going to do it” and she said she didn’t want to.

“Well that’s your loss, you won’t find out how good I am,” she alleges Hughes told her.

The trial continues before Judge Peter Zahra.

Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes exposed himself to young female co-star on set in the 1980s

The Daily Telegraph
February 24, 2014 2:01PM

Court Hears

  • Five now-adult women set to give evidence against him
  • One claims he rubbed his erect penis against her face
  • Daughter of Hughes’ friends was ‘assaulted after party’
  • He ‘sent roses for 16th birthday to girl he wanted sex with’
  • 64-year-old was extradited to face charges. He denies them all

FORMER Hey Dad! STAR Robert Hughes exposed his penis to a young cast member on set at the same time other young girls complained about being woken in the night by his sexual advances, a jury has heard today.

Hughes, 64, has pleaded not guilty to a string of child sex offences, said to have occurred mainly in the mid-1980s.

A District Court jury has today heard five now adult women came forward after media reports alleging Hughes indecently assaulted a young girl who was also working on the popular TV program.

Crown prosecutor Gina O’Rourke has said in her opening address to the jury that Hughes told one of the girls “here’s your teddy, go back to sleep” after “masturbating” against her while she was at his Sydney home for a sleepover.

It is alleged another young girl had her face rubbed against Hughes’s nether regions while he was administering ear drops for an infection she had from getting them pierced.

Four of the complainants knew the actor, who was extradited from London to Sydney in December 2012 to face the charges, through their family or young friends.

The first woman who will give evidence in the trial expected to last up to six weeks previously enjoyed the company of the actor, who was a friend of her parents, but she “eventually came to dread his visits”, Ms O’Rourke said.

She will allege that around the time she was 14 Hughes went into her bedroom after a family dinner party, placed his hand under her doona and though her underwear before rubbing her vagina.

The jury heard that at another party he returned to her room but his time she resisted as he “crouched” beside the bed and placed his fingers inside her underwear.

“The accused became quite rough, pushing back against her resistance,” Ms O’Rourke said.

The woman, now aged in her 40s, is expected to tell the jury she told her mother confronted Hughes about the assaults after she confided that she didn’t want to go on a proposed holiday the two families were taking together.

“You will hear [from the complainant’s mother] that the accused appeared not to care and did not respond to or deny the allegations,” Ms O’Rourke said.

She made a formal statement to police in 2010 after she saw a television program interviewing the woman who alleged Hughes exposed himself to her on the set of Hey Dad! by removing his pants and “making his penis sway.”

Two other women are expected to give evidence that Hughes snuck into the bedroom where they were sleeping at his family home.

The jury heard one described being told to “turn around” while he put his penis against her and, afterwards, gave her a teddy bear and said “here’s your teddy, go back to sleep.”

On another occasion in the same bedroom Hughes allegedly told her “ she was a good girl” after she attempted, but failed, to stop his advances.

The court heard two of the girls made statements to police in the 1980s but Hughes denied the allegations.

Ms O’Rourke said the fourth complainant, a former family friend of the actor, will tell the jury she received “16 long stemmed red roses” with a card saying “Happy Birthday love RH” for her 16th birthday after Hughes told her he wanted to have sex with her but she had informed him she was only 15 and below the age of consent.

On an occasion in 1989 when he drove the then 16 year old home, the court heard Hughes asked her “when they were going to do it” and she said she didn’t want to.

“Well that’s your loss, you won’t find out how good I am,” she alleges Hughes told her.

The trial continues before Judge Peter Zahra.

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes – FOUND guilty -Update gets min 6yrs jail”

    1. He is, they abuse all that power and high regard, who is going to believe the little kid against the star? been following the trial closely.Amazing that one child (former) after another tell the same story of his Modus operandi. Trusted co stars, family friends’ children etc.

      As I said in a previous comment, I also loved this show and went to see it get made numerous times when I lived in Sydney. Remember that little kid from the band-aid ads? He became a regular on the show Mathew Krok maybe? (will check and edit this )

      After taping I saw him and said hello in a corridor and he looked the saddest kid I had ever seen. Now I wonder if it was only the girls…

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    1. Yay, guilty on 9 of 11. The snake yelled out “I’m iNNOCENT” from the dock after hearing his fate. Sorry buddy, you are not…….and will forever be known as GUILTY!

      HEY Dad! star Robert Hughes screamed out “I am innocent” after he has been found guilty of nine child sex offences.

      He was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault a person under the age of 16 and two counts sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years

      After deliberating since Thursday afternoon the jury could not come up with a verdict for two of the charges of indecent assault a person under the age of 16.

      Judge Peter Zahra asked the jury to deliberate for a further hour on the two other charges when he stood up in the dock and screamed “I am innocent”

      His wife and celebrity agent Robyn Gardiner sat calmly among the media in public gallery as the verdict was delivered. .

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  1. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-07/robert-hughes-found-guilty/5372728

    Robert Hughes trial: Former Hey Dad! star found guilty of sexually abusing girls in 1980s
    7th April, 2014.
    Former Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been found guilty of nine of 11 charges of sexually assaulting young girls in the 1980s.
    A jury delivered its verdict after a trial lasting almost six weeks at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court. Hughes will be sentenced at a later date.

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  2. His sense of entitlement has been challenged and his many many victims can now seek some closure
    It must have rocked those little girls being abused by someone so well liked by the public due to his tv persona , they must have felt they would not be believed , but now they have been vindicated
    At the end of it we see Robert Hughes the filthy rock spider and his equally stupid wife who defended him even to the mothers of victims
    . Another dirty rock spider who in the cold light of day isn’t such a big threat but just a pathetic dishonest selfish failure of a man

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  3. Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes found guilty of one more child sex offence after nine guilty verdicts yesterday,
    LEMA SAMANDAR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH APRIL 08, 2014

    A WEEPY and puffy-eyed Robert Hughes walked into court today to find out he was found guilty of one more child sex offence.

    You may weep now, you spent your first night in jail last night. You’ve been found guilty Robert Hughes. Many more nights in jail for you. You do the crime, you do the time.

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    1. Hi Caro, yes a new reality for the former star, dirty bastard might be able to watch dvd’s of Hey Dad in jail eventually and relive his disgusting glory days. AS I have said before I went and watched the taping of that show numerous times and my skin crawls now thinking about what was going on in those corridors and dressing rooms.

      A current Affair have a studio interview with the other stars tomorrow night. I note in the promo Betty, Nudge, Jenny abd Ben ( I think) are there but no sign of Arthur (Mathew Krok).Whom I met on the set, he came across as the saddest little kid I had ever seen, I thought it at the time. I have wondered this all this broke if it was not just little girls this snake-belly sexually abused.. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

      here is some food for thought too, Hughes would still be living off the residuals/royalties off the show as Im sure somewhere it still gets reruns. These payments no matter how small should be frozen and paid as proceeds of crime to the victims.

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  4. It would be even better if he was going into mainstream prison with the tough nuts and not on protection. But at least for the victims peace of mind, this scum bag, new jail bitch- will be locked up to experience endless verbal abuse, having to watch his back, in his out of cell time and on protection feel the loss of his liberty and the loss of his sense of freedom, while forced to meeting his new found friends inside, the hated of the hated, of the rock spiders wing…Where his cry of innocence will fall on deaf ears, in the purgatory and eerie silence of his new cell at night……. Suffer Hughes you rock spider!, enjoy The Dogs Yard!……………………………………………………

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  5. http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/hey-dad-actor-still-scares-me-victim/story-e6frfku9-1226903267198
    SENTENCING SUBMISSION: Hughes’ victims tell of suffering,
    Psychiatrist Dr Olav Neilssen said Hughes will deny he sexually and indecently assaulted young girls until his death. “My prediction is that Mr Hughes will deny these offences to the grave but I don’t think that will affect his recidivism,” he said.
    Hughes’s lawyer Greg Walsh argued that the 65-year-old’s age should be taken into consideration, as “each year of the sentence represents a substantial portion of the period of life which is left to him”. He said Hughes has also been punished by the “enormous and constant amount of adverse publicity” which has resulted in a “truly exceptional” amount of public humiliation.
    But Crown prosecutor Gina O’Rourke submitted a significant period of imprisonment was warranted.
    HUGHES will be sentenced by Judge Peter Zahra on May 16.

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  6. 10.9 years min 6. Pedo bastard I hope he suffers for all but the last day before release in 6 years when he drops dead without a chance of freedom ever again! I have updated the top of the thread with all the latest from today’s sentencing!

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