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 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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