“I cherished her like a daughter,” one in every of Walker’s victims, a high-profile millionaire Sydney businessman, instructed PS this week. His household had taken Walker in when his son was in a relationship along with her 4 years in the past.
Nonetheless, after discovering she had stolen his enterprise bank card particulars and racked up large payments over many months whereas she was relationship his son, that love quickly became utter dismay.
And that dismay quickly turned to disbelief, particularly when he found Walker had created a string of false on-line identities, with electronic mail accounts, together with one supposedly belonging to her mom Kate Hyles, the accomplice of Chris Chapman, president of the celebrated Royal Sydney Golf Membership, and an accountant and solicitor.
“I used to be emailing all these pretend individuals she had created, she was intercepting the correspondence and stringing me alongside, making up excuses as to why the cash had not been paid again … it was extraordinary,” he instructed PS.
“I’m a agency believer in individuals being held to account but it surely was actually about defending our son, that is why we did not pursue it via authorized channels. He needed to maneuver on, and we needed to respect that.”
Walker’s former fiance, who says he paid $70,000 in direction of her college research “or so I assumed”, instructed PS he had no real interest in reliving what had occurred to him or his household however mentioned he was glad that she would lastly be held to account.
A Bondi landlord who rented two luxurious properties to Walker mentioned she was nonetheless owed $18,000 in lease, however when she reported her declare to police “they weren’t , they instructed me if it was $1.eight million I would have a greater probability of getting one thing again”.
As PS was discovering how in depth Walker’s path of destruction had been, it emerged she appeared in Wollongong Native Court docket final Saturday and is now going through three contemporary fees, together with two counts of utilizing a pretend doc to affect her train of public obligation. Police allege the Frensham alumnus despatched a “pretend admission letter” to show she checked in to South Coast Personal Hospital.
Walker was additionally charged with a further depend of dishonestly acquiring monetary benefit by deception.
Her solicitor Michael Moussa managed to have Walker’s bail continued. He instructed PS it was probably the extra fees “can be finalised” when she is sentenced subsequent month.
Stokes’ birthday plans
PS has visions of Samantha Armytage breathlessly singing Completely satisfied Birthday – a la Marilyn Monroe – on the “present reel” the celebs of Seven have put collectively for his or her billionaire boss Kerry Stokes.
Clearly there are not any laborious emotions among the many crew – or no less than these nonetheless with jobs – regardless of a number of massive names on the financially embattled community taking pay cuts – a few of them very vital ones – as a number of key expertise contracts are renegotiated.
Talking of contracts, PS can reveal rival At this time co-host Karl Stefanovic has signed a brand new multi-year contract to remain on the present, as its rankings slowly strengthen after years of decline. Nor are there any plans to alter the present lineup. Simply how a lot Stefanovic is incomes in these leaner media occasions is a intently guarded secret.
In the meantime, Stokes intends to mark his 80th birthday on September 13 with a low-key celebration and should embrace just a few days at his Broome vacation house, which is smart given his Dalkeith digs in Perth are at the moment within the midst of an enormous rebuild.
Dawson-Damer stands by her man
Heiress Ashley Dawson-Damer says she is standing agency along with her long-term accomplice, high-profile Sydney chef Darren Taylor, who has pleaded not responsible to a string of fees together with sexually touching an alleged sufferer.
“He actually doesn’t deserve this,” Dawson-Damer, who has been busy judging this 12 months’s Archibald Prize (through many hours on Zoom) instructed PS. “He’s my finest buddy.”
Earlier this month Taylor, 60, of Paddington, appeared on the Downing Centre Native Court docket after being charged with a number of offences, together with sexually touching one other particular person with out consent, assault occasioning precise bodily hurt and customary assault.
The matter will return to court docket for a listening to in November, and is only one of many court docket instances Dawson-Damer has been preoccupied with in current months.
In June PS revealed she had been quietly waging battle in numerous legislation courts all over the world over a $614 million household belief.
It has been a battle royal from London to Bermuda, after Dawson-Damer disputed the switch of a big quantity of belongings, value a number of hundred million , from the Bahamas to Bermuda. There, she wouldn’t be recognised as a beneficiary.
The spoils of one in every of Sydney’s most glittering former , Hermes Australia boss Karin Upton Baker and her now ex-husband, former bankrupt property developer Gary Baker, went underneath the hammer at Shapiro in Woollahra on Tuesday evening.
The gathering of high-priced jewels, designer robes, luxurious purses, classical artworks and vintage furnishings definitely raised eyebrows inside Sydney’s society circles, particularly given Baker was the only vendor, that means he had ended up along with his spouse’s beloved garments and equipment of their property settlement.
The very best value was fetched by Upton Baker’s previous crocodile Birkin bag. It offered for $43,920 – which, even with the 20 per cent purchaser’s premium, is about half the worth of what it prices model new, although as one Hermes collector instructed PS: “Who desires hand-me-down Hermes or Gary’s previous hankies?”
Regardless of studies elsewhere, Roxy Jacenko was not among the many consumers.
A number of different massive ticket gadgets, together with Upton Baker’s previous Artwork Deco diamond bracelet, which had hopes of $150,000, didn’t promote, nor did a number of marble busts or any of the furnishings that will be at house in Versailles.
Nevertheless it wasn’t simply the Bakers having hassle promoting their bling. Down the highway at Leonard Joel the next night, a much-hyped yellow diamond ring that had hopes of $900,000 didn’t discover a purchaser.
Nonetheless, the thriller vendor of a spectacular diamond ring had extra luck, setting a brand new Australian document for a single piece of jewelry when a 17.34 carat emerald-cut diamond ring set in platinum offered for $575,000.
Andrew Hornery is a senior journalist and Personal Sydney columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.