Embattled war hero Ben Roberts-Smith has made a handsome profit on his family’s sprawling country mansion, agreeing on a pre-auction offer of more than $2 million.
Mr Roberts-Smith and ex-wife Emma put the Sunshine Coast mansion up for sale last month as they go about their separation.
The couple bought the four-bedroom property for $1.45 million in 2015 and had been planning to put it up for auction on December 19.
But a pre-auction offer that would see them make more than $550,000 in profit was too much to pass up, with the home put under contract this week.
In a statement about the sale of their home, the Victoria Cross recipient and his ex-wife made no mention of their split and instead claimed ’change in lifestyle’ meant ‘the time is right’ to sell up.
Embattled hero soldier Ben Roberts-Smith and ex-wife Emma have sold their Sunshine Coast mansion for more than $2 million, after buying it for $1.45 million auction (Pictured are the couple in 2011)
Victoria Cross recipient Mr Roberts-Smith and his ex-wife bought the property for $1.45 million in 2015, before making several extensions to the home, including adding a pool and poolhouse
‘The view is arguably one of the most breathtaking settings I have ever seen,’ real estate agent Kathryn Willshire said in a statement about the house
‘We moved to the Sunshine Coast pursuing a work opportunity and discovered a dream lifestyle in an idyllic setting,’ the statement said.
‘Unfortunately due to changes in our employment, lifestyle and our children’s school the time is right for us to move back to Brisbane and to sell.’
The private-gated property features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large outdoor entertaining area, bar, pool and a separate poolhouse.
Mr Roberts-Smith and his ex-wife extended the home after purchase, adding on the infinity pool and poolhouse.
The sale of the home comes after allegations of war crimes were levelled against Mr Roberts-Smith, leading him to launch defamation action against Nine Newspapers.
Mr Roberts-Smith has denied any wrongdoing during his time in Afghanistan or Iraq.
He is being backed in his defamation suit by Channel Seven’s billionaire owner Kerry Stokes, who has bankrolled him to the tune of $1.9 million.
While it had long been suspected, Mr Stokes has admitted he is helping to fund the defamation case by Mr Roberts-Smith against Nine Entertainment newspapers over a series of reports on his wartime service.
Mr Roberts-Smith is general manager of Channel Seven in Queensland, which is part of Seven West Media, owned by Mr Stokes.
The private-gated estate (pictured) features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large outdoor entertaining area, bar, pool and a separate poolhouse
A damning report was released by the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force last month accusing soliders of brutal war crimes in the Middle East. Mr Roberts-Smith has denied any wrongdoing during his time in Afghanistan or Iraq
The property has a courtyard in the centre of it, which the property wraps around
Mr Roberts-Smith has provided his VC and other medals as security for a loan provided by Mr Stokes, who will donate them to the Australian War Memorial if he defaults. Mr Stokes is pictured with the VC of WWI soldier Alfred Shout, which he bought and donated to the AWM
Mr Stokes’ private investment company Australian Capital Equity has reportedly extended a $1.9million line of credit to Mr Roberts-Smith.
The former soldier has provided his Victoria Cross and other battlefield decorations including a Medal for Gallantry as security for the loan.
‘The funding of his legal action is a private matter, however he has put his medals up as collateral on a loan and will relinquish them if required,’ Mr Stokes said.
‘If this eventuates, I will donate his medals with Ben’s approval to the Australian War Memorial, as I have done so with other VCs and medals in the past.’
A report by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence released last Thursday found credible information of an alleged 39 unlawful killings by special forces soldiers in Afghanistan, mostly by the SAS.
Mr Roberts-Smith has been linked to some of these alleged killings but denies any wrongdoing.
Justice Paul Brereton recommended 36 matters involving 23 incidents and 19 individuals be referred to the Australian Federal Police for criminal investigation.
Mr Roberts-Smith was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour in the Australian military, in response to bravery he showed during a gunfight in Afghanistan in 2010
Mr Roberts-Smith will give his Victoria Cross and other medals (pictured) to Mr Stokes if he cannot repay a loan. Mr Stokes has spent millions of dollars buying and donating VCs to the Australian War Memorial, of which he is chairman
The home’s kitchen includes an island bench, white tiles and plenty of storage space
Mr Roberts-Smith and his ex-wife extended the home after purchase, adding on the infinity pool and poolhouse
Mr Roberts-Smith has lived in Brisbane full time over recent years while working for Channel Seven
Mr Stokes was a co-founder of the SAS Resources Fund, set up after the 1996 Black Hawk helicopter collision near Townsville in which 15 SASR members were killed.
A spokesman for Mr Stokes told the Australian Financial the fund might be used to support those SAS soldiers facing potential prosecution for their actions in Afghanistan.
That assistance could include help with legal costs and other ongoing expenses such as for mental health treatment.
‘He supports all SAS soldiers, not just Ben,’ spokesman Tim Allerton told the AFR. ‘It’s the whole SAS community.’
Mr Stokes has also bought and donated to the War Memorial at least seven VCs awarded to Australians, beginning with that of Vietnam hero Kevin ‘Dasher’ Wheatley.
Kevin ‘Dasher’ Wheatley (pictured) was killed in action in 1965, leaving his widow Edna to raise four young children in Housing Commission accommodation. Mr Stokes learnt Mrs Wheatley was being forced to sell her late husband’s VC in 1993 and stepped in
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