Hutton’s ex guilty of stalking
THE ex-partner of modelling and TV icon Deborah Hutton yesterday pleaded guilty to planting a rape kit in her home and blaming it on a burglar.
Robert Dulhunty, 49, said he was “very sorry” as he left Waverley Local Court, where a magistrate threw out his bid to have six charges over the bizarre break-in hoax dismissed on mental health grounds.
Dulhunty placed condoms, lubricant, zip ties, a hammer, ropes and a jar of plum jam in a backpack at Ms Hutton’s Bronte home early on August 8 and called triple-0 claiming a robber making “meow” sounds had tried to break in.
He told police he swung a golf club at the man and yelled, “F .... off now, see the wall I’m going to slam your head into it,” before the man jumped a fence and ran off. Prosecutor Senior Constable Chris Davis said Dulhunty concocted the extraordinary tale to “scare the living daylights out of” Ms Hutton in a desperate bid to stop her kicking him out.
“The planning, the purchasing of the rape kit, I say is at the high end of offending,” he said. “The relationship was on the rocks … he was being forced out of those premises so he’s gone and purchased the kit.”
Three psychologists described Dulhunty as a narcissistic depressive with signs of autism, but Sen-Const Davis argued the matter was too serious to be dismissed under the mental health act.
Dulhunty’s lawyer, Bryan Wrench, said his client was on large amounts of prescription medication and “pharmacy shopping” for more at the time.
He said Ms Hutton described Dulhunty as a “good bloke” who had become “paranoid and agitated”.
Magistrate Lisa Stapleton dismissed the mental health bid, saying: “I’m not satisfied he is suffering any mental illness … at the time.” Dulhunty will be sentenced in January.
Dulhunty and Ms Hutton.