Hut­ton’s ex guilty of stalk­ing

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - NICK HANSEN

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.

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