Hey Dad! star to stand trial

FORMER Hey Dad! actor Robert Hughes will stand trial early next year over almost a dozen child sex offences.

The 64-year-old is facing 11 charges relating to the sexual and indecent assaults of five girls in the mid ’80s and early ’90s, when he played Martin Kelly in the family sitcom.

Hughes appeared in Downing Centre District Court where a trial date was fixed for February 10 next year.

Earlier this week Hughes waived his right to a committal hearing, electing to proceed straight to trial. His lawyer, Greg Walsh, said Hughes would fight all 11 charges.

“He asserts his innocence and it’s being vigorously defended,” he told reporters outside court.

Hughes was arrested in London last year and extradited to Sydney to face the charges.

His bail continues.


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Picture: Jayne Azzopardi.

Picture: Jayne Azzopardi.