A man accused of stealing a taxi while drunk following a viral call from police has been exposed as a high-flying property manager and “family man” living in a multi-million dollar home in eastern Sydney.
Brett Henson, 42, is accused of threatening a 54-year-old taxi driver in the city’s CBD at around 9pm on Friday, November 4, before making off with his car.
The taxi was then reported to have been dumped about 5km east of Woollahra where it was later found with ‘considerable damage’.
Henson was arrested and charged six days later after CCTV footage of the alleged theft was shared on police social media channels.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Henson is a Senior Capital Transactions Manager for real estate developer Mirvac and owns a $3.3 million house in Bronte.
Brett Henson, 42, is photographed at Waverley Police Station, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on Wednesday
Henson, who allegedly stole a taxi while under the influence of alcohol, held up a piece of paper to hide his face as he left the police station
Henson looked lovingly at his dog when the pooch was picked up by an animal shelter on Wednesday morning
Henson was seen this week walking to Waverley Police Station for his weekly report – a requirement of his bail conditions.
Henson – who was casually dressed in shorts, a Nike t-shirt and sneakers – appeared dejected and refused to answer questions about the alleged violations.
He was accompanied by a man in a suit, holding a short briefcase, who would not confirm whether he was the director’s lawyer.
The man in a suit said on Henson’s behalf that he would not comment on the allegations.
Earlier that morning, Henson was seen talking to a zookeeper outside his lavish three-story home when she arrived to pick up his dog.
The animal welfare company charges $80 per day for dog sitting or up to $150 per session for other services.
CCTV footage from the taxi reportedly shows Henson making off with the taxi
Police shared CCTV footage of the alleged theft on social media the day of Henson’s arrest
Henson declined to answer questions about the alleged taxi theft
After she left, Henson strolled out his front gate and headed for the police station, stopping occasionally to smoke cigarettes, drink a takeout coffee, and take calls.
Under NSW law, driver’s licenses are immediately suspended if they are allegedly caught operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
A neighbour, who wishes to remain anonymous, said they were “shocked” when they heard about the allegations against the businessman.
“He’s a family man,” they said.
“He has three young children and a beautiful wife. I can not believe it.’
Property records show Henson snatched a 99-year-old ground-level property in Bronte for $2,425,000 in November 2019, before being demolished to rebuild it.
Henson owns a multimillion-dollar property in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. A 1920s building purchased by Henson in 2019 for $2.4 million was demolished and replaced with the three-story white brick home pictured above
A development permit was approved in August of the following year, with a construction value of $750,200 on 109 square feet.
It is clear that Henson already had experience in the real estate industry before Mirvac – he had previously worked as an executive at Westfield and Scentre Group and also held the title of regional property manager for Woolworths.
It remains unclear whether Henson will remain employed by Mirvac after being charged with taking and driving transportation without owner’s permission, reckless or furious driving or speed and behavior dangerous first offense, and driving under the influence of alcohol.
A Mirvac spokesman said: “We are unable to comment on the details of this matter.”
Henson was granted bail shortly after his arrest on November 10. He will appear in Downing Center local court on Wednesday, December 7.
Henson stopped to drink coffee and smoke a cigarette as he walked to the police station on Wednesday