A man has been questioned by detectives probing the death of a British woman at an Australian strip club.
Stacey Tierney, a 29-year-old fitness instructor from Manchester, was found dead in mysterious circumstances at a “gentleman’s club” in Melbourne on December 19.
Victoria Police said officers arrested a 33-year-old Melbourne man on suspicion of perjury on Tuesday as part of the investigation.
The suspect, who has not been named, was released on bail while inquiries continue.
Perjury carries a maximum penalty of 15 years’ jail in Victoria.
Tierney moved to Australia three years ago, living first in Brisbane then Melbourne.
Following her death, Tierney’s “devastated” family described the zumba instructor as “the most amazing, special, caring person you could ever meet”.
Victoria Police said in a statement: “Police arrested a 33-year-old Ascot Vale man earlier yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation into the death of a 29-year-old woman on 19 December 2016.
“The man was interviewed in relation to perjury and has been released pending summons.”
Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper reported that police suspected illicit drugs had been removed from the scene.
Detectives were investigating whether other people were present the night Tierney died, the newspaper claimed.
A post-mortem was said to have been conducted in January but police are yet to reveal its findings.
Tierney studied dance at Oldham College and had worked as a fitness instructor at Nitro Boxing Fitness Centre and Manchester Aquatics Centre before moving to Australia, according to details on her Facebook page.