Escort charged over tradie’s stairwell death
An escort has been charged over the death of tradie Paule Browne after he was found dead in the stairwell of a Sydney apartment block.
Mr Browne’s body was discovered by another resident of the complex at Rosebery in Sydney’s inner south on October 8, 2021.
Police allege the tradesman died from a drug overdose after consuming heroin and methamphetamine.
Officers now allege escort Celia Bean and friend Shayne Johnson organised for the drugs to be supplied to Mr Browne.
Ms Bean, 39, was charged with manslaughter after she was arrested at Mascot Police Station only days before Christmas last year.
The following morning, police swooped in and arrested Mr Johnson at Lilyfield.
The 45-year-old, who also goes by the name Teece, was charged with manslaughter before being refused bail.
The Daily Telegraph reported that police allege Mr Johnson contributed to Mr Browne’s death through gross criminal negligence.
Mr Johnson is alleged by police to have failed to call an ambulance following Mr Browne’s alleged overdose.
The Sydney paper further reported that Mr Browne’s body might have been left in the stairwell for more than 19 hours, police allege.
The court was told that forensic experts believed Mr Browne might have survived had he received early medical treatment, and the duo exchanged messages following Mr Browne’s death in which they allegedly distanced themselves from any criminal responsibility.
A LinkedIn account belonging to Ms Bean sheds further light on the 39-year-old’s life.
She graduated as a Bachelor of Science in 2005 from the University of Sydney, according to her job history, before returning for a postgraduate diploma in education at the University of Technology Sydney.
Between January 2014 and May 2016, Ms Bean worked at Australia U Range Invest.
She described her role as “being the first point of contact for the company, my receptionist duties included offering administrative support across the organisation”.
“I welcomed guests and greeted people who visit the business. Furthermore, also co-ordinating front-desk activities, including distributing correspondence and redirecting phone calls,” she wrote.
She describes herself as having an extensive knowledge of administrative environments but is working toward a career in science – including neuroscience – “to put my degree to use”.
Ms Bean and Mr Johnson will remain in custody before they reappear before Downing Centre Local Court later this year.