Airbnb drops Moana party house af­ter sex rev­e­la­tions

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - MATT SMITH

TRAVEL web­site Airbnb has ditched a list­ing for a lav­ish South Aus­tralian coastal guest­house af­ter the Sun­day Mail re­vealed the owner was a con­victed sex of­fender.

Corey John Ahlburg (pic­tured), 45, who last month was de­nied en­try to Bali, is listed as the host and owner of Ora Lux­ury Villa at Moana, south of Ade­laide. Onka­paringa Coun­cil is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the use of the prop­erty, which has gained a rep­u­ta­tion as a party house and drawn the ire of numer­ous lo­cals.

The villa was ad­ver­tised on Airbnb for $2000 a night and spruiked as an ac­com­mo­da­tion for in­di­vid­u­als, cou­ples or groups and de­signed speci­fimil­lion cally for com­fort and plea­sure.

But the list­ing was re­moved last week when Ahlburg’s crim­i­nal his­tory was re­vealed by the Sun­day Mail.

An Airbnb spokesman said there had been more than 200 guest ar­rivals on Airbnb and bad ex­pe­ri­ences were ex­tremely rare.

“Once we were made aware of this user’s crim­i­nal back­ground, we im­me­di­ately and per­ma­nently re­moved him and his home from our com­mu­nity,” the spokesman said.

The Ora Lux­ury web­site was off­line last week due to “web­site main­te­nance” but book­ings are still avail­able through stayz.com and book­ing.com.

In 1993, Ahlburg, as a 20year-old, was found guilty of un­law­ful sex­ual in­ter­course with two in­tox­i­cated girls, aged 15 and 16, at his home af­ter a party. He was jailed for a min­i­mum of 12 months af­ter fail­ing to ap­peal his sen­tence.

Ahlburg was on pa­role when, in 1997, he swerved on to the wrong side of the road, slam­ming into an on­com­ing car and killing a woman.

He was found not guilty of caus­ing death and bod­ily harm by dan­ger­ous driv­ing, but con­victed of the lesser charge of driv­ing with­out due care, and jailed for al­most 10 months.

The Sun­day Mail has been un­able to con­tact Ahlburg.

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