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Ex-stripper was lonely when she hired escort who claimed to be ‘vampire gigolo’, court hears

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Mark Russell

A former stripper was lonely when she contacted the Cloud 9 escort agency and hired a male escort who later claimed to be a ‘vampire gigolo’, a court has heard.

The woman told a Supreme Court jury on Monday how the escort, Shane Chartres-Abbott, came to her Richmond apartment and they spent several hours together while his driver waited outside.

The third time they met was at a hotel in Prahran because the woman’s flatmate was at home.

Chartres-Abbott told her he was a vampire who had been living before the city of Melbourne was built. He said he no longer drank human blood because he was living in the real world.

After this third meeting, the woman, who cannot be named, decided she would not pay for his sexual services again but they agreed to keep in touch.

It was on Friday, July 16, 2002, when Chartres-Abbott called her and she agreed to meet him at the same Prahran hotel. She had been out drinking with friends before catching a taxi to the hotel.

The woman told the jury she was ‘‘a little bit drunk’’ and the next thing she remembers is waking up at the Alfred Hospital having suffered serious injuries after being savagely attacked.

Her former boyfriend, Mark Perry, came to visit her in hospital and the woman said he ‘‘looked sad’’. They had met when she worked as a stripper at the Santa Fe Gold club in the city. Some time later the woman became aware Chartres-Abbott had been charged with raping and seriously injuring her. Part of her tongue was missing and she had suffered burns to parts of her body and bruising to her head.

The woman told the jury she later met Mr Perry in an Elwood street and they talked about Chartres-Abbott.

‘‘He wasn’t happy that man hurt me,’’ the woman told the court through a Thai interpreter.

‘‘He didn’t like it.

‘‘He said he would do something to this man.’’

The woman said she told Mr Perry, ‘‘don’t be silly’’.

She thought Mr Perry had asked her once where Chartres-Abbott lived but she didn’t know.

Mr Perry, 46, Evangelos Goussis, 46, and Warren Shea, 42, have pleaded not guilty to murdering Chartres-Abbott on June 4, 2003.

The Crown case against the three men is that the shooting of Chartres-Abbott, 28, as he left his Reservoir home was an act of revenge.

Chartres-Abbott had been on trial in the County Court at the time for the rape and mutilation of Mr Perry’s ex-girlfriend.

Crown prosecutor Andrew Tinney, SC, said Mr Perry had contacted Mr Shea who met with the killer who agreed to take care of Chartres-Abbott.

Mr Goussis was allegedly with the killer, a notorious career criminal who cannot be named, when he shot Chartres-Abbott dead in broad daylight.

The three men were allegedly guilty of murder because they had been involved in a joint criminal enterprise to kill Chartres-Abbott.

Before gunning down Chartres-Abbott, the killer allegedly told Mr Shea: ‘‘He is an animal and a piece of shit and deserves to go. Consider it a favour.’’

The crime remained unsolved for several years until the killer told police in 2006 about his involvement and implicated the three accused.

The three men say the killer cannot be believed, is an inveterate liar and they were not involved in any way in the murder.

The trial, before Justice Lex Lasry, continues.  

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