Deborah Hutton ‘Intimidated’ By Ex-Partner In Staged Break-In
It was allegedly a bizarre attempt to halt the couple’s separation.
The former partner of popular media presenter Deborah Hutton attempted to intimidate her by staging a break-in at their home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, a court has heard.
Robert Venour Dulhunty, 49, was charged after allegedly ringing Triple Zero to report a would-be male attacker outside the Bronte property on August 11.
Police were told a man fled, with detectives later finding a backpack containing several items including condoms and restraints.
While investigations initially focused on a celebrity stalker, police were able to track the backpack to Dulhunty, arresting him nine days after he made the call.
He appeared in court on Monday on a number of charges including stalking or intimidating to cause fear of physical or mental health, destroying or damaging property, false representing in police investigation and making a false call to emergency services.
Police will allege the couple were ending their relationship and that Dulhunty intimated Hutton with the intention of causing fear -- a bizarre attempt that would allow him to continue living at the property she owned.
Dulhunty will reappear in court on August 30.