Ben Roberts-Smiths tells of a broken heart over murder allegations


Publishers’ counsel says none of the six murders the former soldier was involved in involved the heat of battle or the fog of war.

Ben Roberts-Smith (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)

Ben Roberts-Smith told his defamation hearing in the Federal Court in Sydney today that hearing a lawyer describing him as a multiple murderer broke his heart.

“I spent my life fighting for my country and I did everything I could to make sure I did it with honour,” he said. “I cannot comprehend how, on the basis of rumour and innuendo, anyone could say that in a public forum. It’s devastating, quite frankly.”

Roberts-Smith is Australia’s most highly decorated soldier of the modern era, having been awarded the Victoria Cross in 2011 for bravery under fire.

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