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Roxy Jacenko: "My husband is the primary carer of our kids".

Roxy Jacenko‘s husband Oliver Curtis is facing up to five years in prison.

The financier was convicted two weeks ago of conspiracy to commit insider trading in 20o7-2008, and now, as the family wait for his sentence, Roxy has written a three-page character reference for her husband.

Referring to Curtis by his nickname, Oli, Jacenko writes about a “loving husband” who she says is the “primary caregiver” of the pair’s children, Pixie, 4, and Hunter, 2.

 Addressed to the NSW Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum, who will determine the length of his sentence, Roxy’s statement reads:

“I met Oli in June 2010. We married in March 2012. We have two children together, Pixie Rose Curtis, aged 4 and Hunter Peter Curtis, aged 2.

“When I met Oli he was 24, but mature beyond his years. He is a loving husband and a wonderful father to our children. The Oli I know is reliable, honest and hardworking. He is very dedicated to our family and always willing to forego social opportunities with friends to be with Pixie and Hunter in order to allow me to do the work that I do. Oli has been a strong and supportive partner to me since we met…

“Because of my work hours, I would describe Oli as the primary carer of Pixie and Hunter. He attends to large parts of their pre-school commitments and after school care. He generally manages the meals for them. He is generally the one who is home to ensure that they have dinner, are bathed and put to bed. Additionally, it is often the case that Pixie and Hunter are looked after by Oli alone on weekends as my job involves weekend work for various events and clients who require that I am onsite during their appearances or events.

“We have a close family relationship. Pixie and Hunter adore their dad. He’s funny, tolerant, uncomplaining and loving. They screech with excitement as soon as they see him and then no one else matters to them – not even me.

“Hunter in particular is a daddy’s boy. He generally won’t eat breakfast unless his dad sits with him of a morning. Hunter and Oli like to do typical childhood things together like building Lego and have a wonderful bond. Pixie is also very close to her dad. Oli fell instantly in love with her from her birth. He didn’t take his eyes off her for the first few hours, and they’ve retained that bond as she’s grown.

“Like in most families, when Oli is away Pixie and Hunter both miss him badly, and can struggle with eating and sleeping while they’re unsettled…

Click through to see a gallery of the Jacenko-Curtis family. (Statement continues after the gallery):

“If Oli were to be sent to jail our children will lose the close relationship they have with their father for a period of time. Given their ages I’m worried about the effect this will have on them.

“The media subsequent to the verdict has had a significant impact on our family’s privacy, more so than the scrutiny beforehand…

“The disclosure of our home address has meant that photographers are camping outside our apartment regularly in order to get photos of Oli, myself or Pixie and Hunter. We have had to take them to school in alternate cars each morning in an attempt to prevent photographers approaching the cars as we leave. We have to keep the blinds in our apartment permanently down as photographers are able to see straight into our living room.

“The nature of the offence is out of character for the person that I know. There has never been a moment that I have had any doubt about his integrity or morals. Oli is a kind, considerate, honest and reliable man.

“I have no doubt that he will never be involved in anything like this again…”

Oliver Curtis’s sentence will be handed down this Friday, June 24.

Roxy appeared on The Project earlier this year after pictures of Pixie were lifted from her Instagram account and used for dubious purposes. (Post continues…)

Video via Channel 10