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Ex-radio jock turned con-artist pleads guilty to harassing former personal trainer on the phone

A former radio jock turned conman has pleaded guilty to harassing his former personal trainer with salacious late night phone calls.

Known as ‘Dodgy Dene’, 25-year-old Dene Broadbelt has used several identities and names across Australia for a string of failed business ventures.

He’s claimed to be a talent manager, a music promoter, a music festival director, a real-estate agent and even an anti-bullying advocate. 

Broadbelt was also accused of faking his own death but has never been charged or convicted for any of the matters, news.com.au has revealed.

 

Known as ‘Dodgy Dene’, 25-year-old Dene Broadbelt (pictured) has used several identities and names across Australia for a string of failed business ventures

A former radio jock turned conman has pleaded guilty to harassing his former personal trainer with salacious phone calls late at night

A former radio jock turned conman has pleaded guilty to harassing his former personal trainer with salacious phone calls late at night

Now, the 25-year-old ex radio host has pleaded guilty to the charge of using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend before it was dismissed on mental health grounds at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court.

Broadbelt allegedly called the owner of Peak Fitness gym in Woollamia Dale Berry a number of times on July 12.

The 25-year-old undertook a personal training session with Mr Berry two years prior to the harassing phone calls but the pair didn’t know each other beyond the session. 

Mr Berry was sleeping next to his wife and two-year-old daughter when he received the phone calls at 1.41am. 

In one of the phone calls at 1.44am Broadbelt said: ‘I want your d***. How big is it?’ before the victim hung up the phone.

Court documents suggest the 25-year-old continued to call Mr Berry two days later about 9.40pm.

Mr Berry allegedly said: ‘Good one, mate. You f***ing idiot. Now that you’ve made contact, I’ve seen the police and they can trace your number.’

Broadbelt’s last phone call to the victim was recorded by Mr Berry’s wife which left the pair ‘unsettled’.

The ex-radio host was discharged by the magistrate on mental health conditions, as he has been ordered to see a mental health care professional for at least two years. 

Broadbelt allegedly called the owner of Peak Fitness gym in Woollamia Dale Berry (pictured, right) a number of times on July 12

Broadbelt allegedly called the owner of Peak Fitness gym in Woollamia Dale Berry (pictured, right) a number of times on July 12

Broadbelt used a variety of aliases over the years, including Dean Mussillon and Harrison O’Connor, and said he used different names because he was receiving death threats.

Bankruptcy documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia showed that at the time of his offences in 2015, Broadbelt has a list of 22 creditors owed more than $260,000 but claimed his debts totalled only $150,000.

He had made a series of claims over an 18-month period that included being able to organise major music shows and having a large DJ profile, racking up debts of $120,000. 

Among the alleged dodgy deals, believed to date back to 2012, were plans to stage music festivals in Goulburn and Darwin and a cancer charity walk.

They never eventuated and investors lost their money. 

Mr Broadbelt’s CV includes being an announcer on streaming radio, Goulburn radio, Dubbo’s Zoo FM and some time behind the microphone in Broome. 

A list of creditors from October 2014 which shows Broadbelt owed $260,080 at that time

A list of creditors from October 2014 which shows Broadbelt owed $260,080 at that time

The 25-year-old ex radio host has pleaded guilty to the charge of using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend

The 25-year-old ex radio host has pleaded guilty to the charge of using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend

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