Barrister Robert Newlinds, SC, at the NSW Supreme Court in a file picture.

Barrister Robert Newlinds, SC, at the NSW Supreme Court in a file picture.Credit:Peter Braig

The Horizon case has attracted quite a bit of mirth on Phillip Street, where Newlinds’ barrister buddies can’t quite believe their learned friend has effectively taken a canine as a client.

An unfazed Newlinds told Emerald City he was “really looking forward to representing Angus”. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s waiving the (very significant) fees. Luckily Cooper has some backers in the building.

“He’s the right person to take this on,” she says of Newlinds.

“People might see this as a dog case but it’s not – it’s people’s pets, it’s people’s homes, it’s people’s mental health.”

Sporting split

In sad news from the sporting world, Emerald City can reveal cricket star Ellyse Perry and Melbourne Rebels rugby union player Matt Toomua have separated.

After months of speculation, the glamour couple who tied the knot in 2015 confirmed they called time on their marriage earlier this year.

Happier times: Ellyse Perry and her husband Matt Toomua at the 2016 Allan Border Medal ceremony in Melbourne.

Happier times: Ellyse Perry and her husband Matt Toomua at the 2016 Allan Border Medal ceremony in Melbourne.Credit:Getty Images

In a joint statement, the pair said the decision was mutual and in their best interests. “Throughout our relationship we have remained private and we ask that our space and privacy continue to be respected during this difficult time for both of us,” they said.

In February, we reported on talk in the sports industry that the pair had split, following Perry’s appearance at the Australian Cricket Awards where she won the Belinda Clark Award for the third year running but didn’t wear her wedding ring or mention her husband in her acceptance speech.

At the time, the couple denied those rumours, saying they were still together despite their demanding schedules.

Third time lucky

One of the joys of the Bachelor franchise recycling its contestants is seeing what “improvements” they’ve made between seasons.

Fan favourite Alisha Aitken-Radburn – who was once a staffer to Bill Shorten and NSW Labor – has confirmed she had Botox injections in her forehead as part of her preparation for this season of Bachelor in Paradise.

A rival publication unkindly observed the 27-year-old was “seemingly unable to move the upper portion of her face” during one of last week’s episodes and “displayed a noticeably smooth, shiny forehead”.

Alisha Aitken-Radburn (pre-Botox) at a Labor volunteer rally ahead of the 2019 federal election.

Alisha Aitken-Radburn (pre-Botox) at a Labor volunteer rally ahead of the 2019 federal election.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Aitken-Radburn confirmed she got the job done at Wolli Creek’s Cosmetic Lounge. Her gruelling prep also included at least five sessions a week at F45 in Haymarket.

“After you’ve done three seasons you get used to seeing yourself on the big screen and get an idea of what you want to tweak,” she told Emerald City. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a little bit of help.”

And it seems to have been worthwhile. The ex-Sydneysider is now living in Perth where, according to reports from the western front, she is still together with her handsome Bachelor love interest, refrigeration mechanic Glenn Smith – a full nine months after the show was filmed in Fiji. Mazel tov.

Cashing in

Rich list used car dealer Tony Denny wasn’t expecting to make a profit from the sale of his Point Piper penthouse given he only bought it a year ago for $6.1 million. But one private auction later and sources in the building say it sold for $6.7 million.

Rich lister Tony Denny sold his Point Piper penthouse.

Rich lister Tony Denny sold his Point Piper penthouse.Credit:Nic Walker

Denny bought the apartment atop the Liskeard tower as a Sydney bolthole away from his Central Coast hinterland home, but was then lured across the road to buy the Wentworth Street house of dentist Le Tran for $19.5 million, which he has since gutted ahead of a major renovation.

Sotheby’s Michael Pallier and 1st City’s Julian Hasemer wouldn’t confirm the rumoured sale figure, despite plenty of talk in the building. Nor would they reveal the identity of who is set to take possession of Point Piper’s highest elevation and arguably its best view.

In another bullish apartment sale, the “Lighthouse” apartment of entrepreneur Jordan Wainer, 35, atop the Pacific at Bondi Beach, sold on the quiet for close to $8 million.

Wainer, the founder and chief of car parking startup Admyt, bought the three-bedder in 2014 for $3.8 million. The off-market sale by Sotheby’s Barry Goldman left at least one would-be buyer in its wake.

It is one of the few penthouses in the area that lacks a view over Bondi Beach. But its new occupant can still count the likes of Deke Miskin, Will Vicars and Ginia Rinehart among their neighbours.

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