Former Beyonce, Britney Spears fitness instructor accused of storming home with bikie
- Herald Sun
- January 22, 2015
Aysen Unlu, 39, stage name Janet Edwards, scored a number of small roles on the big screen, including a minor part in 2006’s Smokin’ Aces, starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta and Alicia Keys.
She has also been a fitness instructor to Britney Spears, Shakira and Beyonce.
But now, years after her return from Tinsel Town, she stands accused of aggravated burglary.
On Wednesday, sporting a black eye, she found herself centrestage in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
She is charged with aggravated burglary, assault, intentionally causing serious injury, recklessly causing injury, theft, and going equipped to steal over a violent home invasion in South Yarra on Tuesday.
Her lawyer, Sarah Pratt, told the court her client suffered from post-natal depression and anxiety that caused “mini heart attacks”.
This prompted magistrate Charlie Rozencwagj to question how she had found herself before the court.
Shane Bowden, 42, the Mongols’ national sergeant-at-arms, also faced court on Wednesday over the home invasion.
Police allege that, armed with a Bowie knife and a jemmy, he confronted a sleeping couple in their Davis Ave apartment, demanding money.
They say he was dressed in camouflage gear and equipped with night-vision goggles.
According to charge sheets filed with the court, Mr Bowden stole cash, a handbag and purse, a make-up bag and cosmetics, two sets of car keys, and an umbrella before fleeing.
It is alleged Mr Bowden and Ms Unlu stole a total of about $2000 in cash and belongings.
Mr Bowden said nothing during the short hearing.
The court heard that CCTV footage from a nearby business would need to be obtained and analysed, and DNA and fingerprint evidence tested.
Three people — brothers aged 31 and 32 and a 28-year-old woman, a partner of one of them — were in the apartment at the time of the invasion.
Mr Bowden was remanded on several charges, including aggravated burglary with an offensive weapon, two counts of intentionally causing injury, two counts of intentionally causing serious injury, and two counts of common law assault.
He and Ms Unlu, who did not apply for bail, will reappear in court in April.