PHOTO: Mr Roberts-Smith and wife Emma bought the Sunshine Coast hinterland home for a whopping $1.45 million in 2015
- Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has listed his mansion for up auction
- Mr Roberts-Smith and wife Emma bought the five-bed home for $1.45m in 2015
- Retired SAS Corporal Roberts-Smith VC is suing over reports of his war service
- Mr Roberts-Smith works for Perth media magnate Kerry Stokes at Chanel Seven
- SAS supporter Mr Stokes helping bankroll Mr Roberts-Smith’s defamation action
- He will also help other SAS members who might be accused of past war crimes
Embattled hero soldier Ben Roberts-Smith has put his sprawling country mansion up for auction as he continues to defend himself against allegations of war crimes.
Mr Roberts-Smith and ex-wife Emma bought the Sunshine Coast hinterland home for a whopping $1.45 million in 2015, but they are understood to have separated in early 2020.
The private-gated property features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large outdoor entertaining area, bar, pool and a separate poolhouse.
The sale of the home comes after allegations of war crimes were levelled against Mr Roberts-Smith, leading him to launch costly defamation action against Nine Newspapers.
Mr Roberts-Smith – the head of Channel Seven in Queensland – is being backed in the case by the company’s billionaire owner Kerry Stokes, who has bankrolled him to the tune of $1.9 million.
The VC winner could also face a separate criminal investigation after his defamation case.
The listing of Mr Roberts-Smith’s home – with expectations it could fetch $2 million on auction day – comes just days after the release of a damning inquiry into the behavior of elite Australian troops in the Middle East.
Mr Roberts-Smith has denied any wrongdoing during his time in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Embattled hero soldier Ben Roberts-Smith and ex-wife Emma have put the sprawling Sunshine Coast mansion they bought in 2015 up for auction (Pictured are the couple in 2011)
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