A wall within walls has been built to protect Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes.
Inmates have not been kind to the former television actor since he arrived at Goulburn Correctional Centre after being convicted of assaulting four girls in the 1980s and ’90s.
A new book Australia’s Toughest Prisons – Inmates reveals, NSW Corrective Services contracted a “builder to alter the jail” with a “special screening of thick, tight wire” for the paedophile’s protection.
“It went up because … his lawyer kicked up a big stink and went hard at everybody,” a prison officer told author and News Corp journalist James Phelps.
“He argued for a reduced sentence because of the treatment [Hughes] received.”
Hughes was sentenced to more than 10 years behind bars on 10 counts of sexual and indecent assault on the girls, one of whom played his daughter on the sitcom.
According to a prison officer, Hughes was reduced to a “stinking mess” on his first day in Goulburn, where inmates “waited patiently” for him to arrive.
“I’m not sure how they knew he was coming,” a guard told Phelps for his book.
“But they knew. And they had all armed themselves up with s–t and gone out to meet him.”
During one yard transfer, one inmate yelled out “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here”.
When Hughes’ lawyer Greg Walsh applied to the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal to have his sentence reduced, he cited the “inhumane” prison treatment of his client.
In September, 2015, Walsh told the court Hughes had also been targeted with boiling water
Hughes lost his appeal, and then the wall went up.
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