02 October 2009

Former boyfriend of royal arrested on Australian Working Holiday Visa

A former boyfriend of British royal Princess Beatrice, in Australia on an Australian Working Holiday Visa, has been arrested after failing to pay for accommodation and crashing an Audi hire car.

Princess Beatrice's former boyfriend Paolo Liuzzo, 27, originally appeared in Southport Magistrates Court recently charged with disqualified driving, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts of fraud, and possessing around two grams of cocaine.

He was arrested on the Gold Coast, Queensland, after allegedly crashing an AU$80,000 black Audi hire car and failing to pay for accommodation and restaurant bills at Conrad Jupiters casino.

The charge of disqualified driving was later dropped, due to lack of evidence.

Mr Liuzzo surrendered his passport and has been released on bail until the case will be heard on October 29.

His mother has agreed to pay restitution to the casino and hire-car company, and Mr Liuzzo was remanded in custody on the Gold Coast.

Mr Liuzzo and Princess Beatrice started dating in July 2005 when she was 17, but separated in May 2006.

The British Daily Mail reported that Mr Liuzzo, who gave New York's Trump Tower as his address, was in Australia on an Australian Working Holiday Visa but was believed to be seeking Australian permanent residency.

 The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their Australia visa applications.

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