How Charlotte Lindstrom's champagne lifestyle crashed

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How Charlotte Lindstrom's champagne lifestyle crashed

June 11, 2009 12:00am

SHE worked at one of the city's hippest clubs, enjoyed a life of champagne and cocaine and dressed in high-end fashion.

That all came crashing down the moment she met a "hitman" allegedly hired by her fiancé.

Swedish socialite Charlotte Lindstrom's dramatic fall was played out in the Supreme Court yesterday with the airing of CCTV footage showing her arrest.

She had arranged to meet the man she thought was a hitman. What she didn't know was that their conversation was being recorded.

The model and Hemmesphere employee, jailed for two years for her part in the plot, is testifying against ex-fiancé Steven Spaliviero.

Spaliviero and Melbourne men Dennis Basic, 29, and Michael John Selim, 24, have denied conspiring to murder two men who were due to give evidence against Spaliviero in a drug case.

Lindstrom was allegedly the go-between who met with the man.

"And it is just those two people?" the "hitman" asked her, moments before her arrest. "Yep," she replied.

Hitman: "He definitely wants them in the cemetery?" Lindstrom: "Yeah."

Questioned by Spaliviero's lawyer Bruce Walmsley SC, Lindstrom admitted to a life of drink, designer fashion and drugs - both prescription and illegal - before her arrest.

"You were using cocaine regularly?" Mr Walmsley asked.

"Yes," Lindstrom replied.

Referring to her Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses and Chloe boots, Mr Walmsley asked: "Designer outfits were one of your passions?"

Lindstrom: "Yes."

"French champagne?"


She said she worked double-shifts at the cocktail bar to meet credit card payments of $1500 a month in interest alone.

In her second day of evidence Lindstrom appeared composed but became emotional when she told of her decision to testify against her former lover.

"You knew you had to say things about Steve that incriminated him?" Mr Walmsley asked.

"Yes," she replied tearfully.

Lindstrom, once a striking beauty now gaunt, did not make eye contact with Spaliviero as she gave evidence. Neither reacted as emotional phone calls between the pair were played.

In one conversation, a day before she was arrested, Lindstrom cried as she prepared to meet the hitman. Spaliviero told her: "It's not going to be like this forever. It's a bit of pain but we're working towards something."

When she continued to cry, Spaliviero said: "Just keep it together, all right? Just shut up."

The trial continues.

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