PAULINE Hanson is devastated after the man who led her to believe she was robbed of votes in the recent NSW election admitted in court that the evidence she based her case on is untrue.
The former One Nation leader buried her head in her hands as Sean Castle, a Sydney teacher and father of three from Glendenning, in Sydney's west, made the admission in the NSW Supreme Court this evening.
Ms Hanson, who unsuccessfully ran as an independent for the upper house in the March 26 poll, had contested the election result in court.
Her case was based on an alleged email exchange between NSW Election Commission staff saying 1200 votes in her favour were put into a pile of blank ballots.
The email exchange was provided to her by a person named as Michael Rattner, which Mr Castle last week admitted in court was in fact himself.
"I am absolutely devastated," Ms Hanson told reporters outside the court.