Investigate the strip club where a 29-year-old British dancer died in the manager’s private living room – Reuters

Fitness instructor Stacey Tierney, then 29, was working at Dreams Gentlemen’s Club in Melbourne, Australia, in 2016 when she died after consuming a drug cocktail in a private manager’s lounge.

Stacey Tierney died after consuming a drug cocktail in a private director’s living room

A strip club boss where a British dancer died says he was a ‘hands off’ boss.

Dreams Gentlemen’s Club owner Salvatore Aparo told a licensing hearing that he runs the Melbourne club with his fiancé.

Fitness instructor Stacey Tierney, then 29, was working on site in 2016 when she died after consuming a drug cocktail in a private manager’s lounge.

Stacey, from Withington, Greater Manchester, told friends she ‘didn’t like it but the money was good’, an inquest into her death has heard.

Manchester Evening News reports that 30 hours passed between Ms Tierney entering the room – the only one not monitored by cameras – and the removal of her body by paramedics.

Stacey Tierney died in Australia while working at the club


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The club is facing an investigation by the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission into Mr Aparo’s fitness to hold a liquor licence.

He told a hearing that until Ms Tierney’s death he had been a ‘hands off’ operator and trusted others to run the venue.

He said he ran a construction company and had largely delegated site management to trusted managers, dropping in a few times a week and making weekly phone calls.

Mr Aparo said the fallout from Ms Tierney’s death had damaged the company’s reputation and put his own plans on hold.

He described it as a “very emotional roller coaster”.

Stacey Tierney was originally from Greater Manchester


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Although he accepted “a lot of responsibility”, it could only go so far, he said.

When asked if he trusted the wrong people, Mr Aparo replied: “We all learn from our mistakes.”

He denied suggestions the club was operating after hours and outside of its licensed hours.

Much of the questioning focused on the manager’s living room where Ms Tierney was found dead.

Mr Aparo said it was his private haven when he frequented the club, but was not open to other managers and promoters.

Dreams Gentlemen’s Club where British traveler Stacey Tierney was found dead


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The audience was informed that managers and promoters had access to the office and 24 hour access to the site.

“I don’t know why people insinuate there are parties – there were no parties, I run a very respectable business,” he said.

There was also a culture of staff drinking at the club on their days off, the hearing said.

“We didn’t have a rule that senior management couldn’t come in on their night off,” he said.

Fitness instructor Stacey Tierney, then 29, worked at the site in 2016


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He said he had new processes in place and there was no going back.

“The tragedy is very sincere on all levels,” Mr Aparo added.

“It’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. It’s a very, very tragic situation.”

The commission will carry out an on-site inspection next week and issue its findings next month.

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