Elder Hey Dad! TV star Robert Hughes involved in identity concealment complaint in prison

A prison source has revealed how disgraced former Australian TV star and convicted sex offender Robert Hughes spent his final weeks behind bars.

The 73-year-old, who played Martin Kelly in Hey Dad! from 1987 to 1993, was released this week after more than six years in prison for sexually abusing young girls, including Sarah Monahan who played her on-screen daughter Jenny.

Camera iconRobert Hughes and Sarah Monahan played father and daughter in Hey Dad! Credit: Provided
Actor Robert Hughes in a scene from Channel Seven's 1980s TV show (7)
Camera iconHughes remains adamant about his innocence. Credit: Provided

According to a prison source, Hughes kept to himself and rarely associated with other people during his time in prison.

“He would wrap his head in a scarf, put on a pair of sunglasses and then put on a hat,” the source told The Daily Telegraph.

“He seemed to conceal his identity. He didn’t want anyone to know who he was.

Hughes left his cell at 7 a.m. each day and divided his time between walking alone in the prison yard or working in a recycling job.

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Camera iconHughes in court during his trial. Credit: News Corp Australia

With a weekly salary from prison work, Hughes was able to buy lollipops, noodles, tinned food or newspapers through a “buy-out” program operating at Long Bay Prison in Sydney.

His relatively peaceful existence at the facility contrasted sharply with his initial stay at Goulburn Prison where he had been pelted with milk cartons filled with excrement.

After renouncing his Australian citizenship in 2019, Hughes was deported to the UK following his release from prison.

He would spend his final years in London with his wife and star support agent Robyn Gardiner.

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Camera iconRobyn Gardiner said she intends to make sure Robert Hughes does not come near unsupervised children. Bradley Hunter Credit: News Corp Australia

Hughes continues to deny any wrongdoing.

In a report issued by the State Parole Authority before his release, it was revealed that Hughes still blamed his victims for the situation he found himself in.

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