Police are investigating how a British exotic dancer was left dead for up to 12 hours inside a Melbourne strip club.
Stacey Tierney, a 29-year-old woman from Manchester, was found dead in Dreams Gentlemen’s Club on Monday the before Christmas, around 11:50am.
She had been partying in the venue the night before – which is closed on Sundays and Mondays – with several unidentified men.
The Herald Sun reports that it’s believed the men fled after she died. Police are combing through CCTV footage of the venue, but unfortunately it doesn’t cover private areas of the club.
One of Tierney’s mates, a dancer called Ashley, told the Herald Sun that she was angry an ambulance had not been immediately called when her body had been found.
“I personally hope someone is charged for this,” she said. “I’d like to see them punished.”
She also expressed fears about Dreams club, saying that she’d told Tierney not to work there and that she’d “thought it was a bit dodgy.”
They’ve launched a fundraising campaign to bring her body home, and have already raised over $19k, smashing the $17k target.
“She was such a free spirit and such a lovely soul,” her cousin Colleen told the paper. “People have been saying the nicest things about her and to raise so much money in just two days… I was just blown away especially so close to Christmas.”
A Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed to the Herald Sun that the exact circumstances surrounding her death are yet to be determined, and a post-mortem will be conducted.