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Home And Away star pleads guilty to beating woman caught on CCTV, sparking manhunt

Home And Away star pleads guilty to beating woman caught on CCTV, sparking manhunt

Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger has confessed to beating a woman after it was caught on CCTV. The star was caught earlier this year following a major manhunt after he escaped from hospital

Orpheus sparked a manhunt in Australia after he escaped from a court-ordered hospital(Seven)

Disgraced Home and Away star Orpheus Pledger has confessed to assaulting a woman after the brutal attack was captured on CCTV.

The actor, 31, who played Mason Morgan in the hit Australian soap, was seen dragging a woman by her hair before escalating the attack by stamping on her head. Orpheus was released on bail on April 22 on condition he undergo a court-ordered mental health assessment.



But the TV star, who played the character between 2016 and 2019, escaped from a hospital, sparking a massive Australia-wide manhunt in April, with police forced to issue a warrant for his arrest before he was found and arrested three days later.

At the time of the attack, Orpheus was first arrested after police were called to a Melbourne home in the early hours of the morning. CCTV footage showed the TV star following a woman outside before dragging her back by her hair alone.

He was then seen pushing her to the ground, lifting his foot and stamping on her. According to news.com.au, the victim was left with bruises to her head and face. Police arrived at the scene at 1.35am after an emergency call ended abruptly. Officers said they heard the words “he’s coming” before the call was disconnected.

The Home and Away star has pleaded guilty after attacking a woman who was caught on CCTV(Victoria Police)
Orpheus sparked a manhunt in Australia after he escaped from a court-ordered hospital((Instagram)

The Home and Away actor was arrested later that day and has been remanded in custody ever since. He has now pleaded guilty to the attack. His lawyer Jasper MacCuspie says the former soap star’s life had been spiralling into a pit of mental health and drug problems before the attack, after he was passed over for a role in US drama The 100.

His lawyer claimed that Orpheus started using meth in his mid-to-late 20s, but that it never became an addiction. However, after being rejected by casting directors for the US drama, his drug use worsened. The lawyer also said that the star’s 94-day pre-sentence order was “sufficient” for punishment and that a community corrections order would be more appropriate.

However, the Crown Prosecution Service argued that the “nature and seriousness of the offence…is a serious incident.” But it was decided that a community protection order was appropriate. Magistrate Justin Foster said Orpheus must be assessed for a community corrections order before he could be sentenced.

He said: “At this stage the court does not know whether it is a mental illness or a drug problem.” The judge said the case was adjourned for sentencing until July 3.

Orpheus rose to fame as a child actor when he appeared in the series Silversun as Tycho Everson at the age of eight. He joined Neighbours in 2011 as Noah Parkin and most recently played Mason Morgan in Home and Away for 339 episodes before leaving the series in 2019. His character was killed off in November of that year. He subsequently appeared in SAS Australia.

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