A house owned by Australian singer Vanessa Amorosi has her wealthy neighbors worried her criminal cousin will return there.
Eden Merritt, 34, was on the run from the law after fleeing Amorosi’s cabin in Narre Warren North, east of Melbourne, earlier this year.
Daily Mail Australia has learned that heavily armed police converged on the pop star’s home earlier this year in the hope of arresting Merritt.
Neighbors said Merritt had managed to escape the police dragnet and were warned to watch for him following a public alert issued by the local police Facebook page.
The dangerous criminal was arrested and brought before the Dandenong Magistrates Court on July 17, where he was found guilty of 50 charges and sent to prison for a year.
The Amorosi cabin is a dark stain on an otherwise picturesque landscape
Singer Vanessa Amorosi’s Home Reportedly Used by Wanted Criminal
The charges included possession of methylamphetamine and firearms, car theft, theft, handling stolen goods and committing bail fraud offences.
He had then already spent 123 days behind bars awaiting his sentence.
The Amorosi Cabin, located among multimillion-dollar properties overlooking rolling green hills, has become an ugly stain in an otherwise serene landscape.
As of Thursday, the Amorosi home had seven run-down cars and an abandoned trailer scattered around the property.
The dilapidated house would have been frequented by squatters.
A neighbor claimed a meter was placed on the dirt road by authorities in hopes of monitoring traffic on the property.
It is unclear how long Merritt had lived in the house. Voting records show Merritt and the Absolutely Everybody singer live there.
Singer Vanessa Amorosi’s dilapidated home is littered with vehicles
A wanted poster for Merritt has been issued by Victoria Police
Another Amorosi farm (top left) overlooks the ugly cabin
The isolated dirt road leading to the Amorosi cabin
Eden Merritt, Amorosi’s cousin, lived in the Narre Warren North home.
Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting that the Australian star actually lives in the dilapidated cabin, nor that she lived there while Merritt was there.
There is also no suggestion that Vanessa Amorosi knew that Merritt was wanted by the police before, during or after his stay in the house.
“There were always cars coming and going,” a neighbor said. “We don’t know what was going on in there, but it was unusual considering where it is.”
Another neighbor called the number of cars visiting the property “weird.” “You kind of get used to it…it’s a weird family,” the neighbor said.
The neighbor said the pop star “hadn’t lived there for about 20 years.”
Some neighbors reported other incidents at the property involving police.
“There was an incident maybe a year and a half ago where (a car was stolen) and driven here.
“There were helicopters flying overhead. I don’t know if they found him, but they were looking in the paddocks,” the neighbor said.
Amorosi has his mother’s name tattooed on his right shoulder
Vanessa Amorosi performs her power ballad Lessons of Love during Eurovision 2020
Nestled on a hill just above the cabin is another house belonging to the Amorosi clan.
This house was the subject of a bitter legal battle between Amorosi and his estranged mother Joyleen Robinson.
In an application to the Victorian Supreme Court, Amorosi claimed she often failed to get what she was owed over a 20-year period.
Instead, the money was said to have either gone to Ms Robinson as a management fee, distributed to trusts for the benefit of other family members, or paid to “persons unknown”. Age reported in 2021.
Court documents do not specify when the relationship between Amorosi and his mother broke down.
Ms. Robinson then filed a counterclaim denying depriving her daughter of the funds and alleging that the singer had violated an agreement they had made regarding the Narre Warren home that Amorosi purchased in 2001. The case continues.
Vanessa Amorosi poses for photos after receiving the Inspiration Award at the Australian Women in Music Awards in Brisbane last month.
Photos posted on social media by Amorosi show she has the word “Joyleen” tattooed on her shoulder.
Amorosi, now 42, achieved major success in 1999 with the release of her debut single, “Have a Look”, which reached gold status in Australia.
The following year, she achieved international success with her debut studio album, The Power.
Amorosi performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
His performance of “Heroes Live Forever” at the opening ceremony received international acclaim.
But it was his song “Absolutely Everybody” that became an unofficial anthem of the games and became a major hit in Australia and many European countries, including Britain and Germany.
His combined album and single sales have exceeded two million worldwide.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Amorosi’s manager for comment.