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A woman found dead at a luxury hotel in a suspected murder-suicide attempt has been identified as a respected Family Court barrister.
Alice McShera, 34, was found unresponsive in a Crown Towers hotel room at the Burswood entertainment complex, in Perth, at around 11.10am on Monday.
Cameron John Pearson, who had suffered what are believed to be self-inflicted injuries, was taken to hospital and into custody where he was refused bail by police.
Respected and well-regarded Family Court barrister Alice McShera was found dead in Perth’s Crown Towers on Monday
The 42-year-old appeared before Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning facing one count of murder.
About half a dozen members of Perth’s legal fraternity sat in the public gallery showing obvious distress.
Devastated members of Pearson’s family also sat in the gallery. When asked if he understood the charge against him, Pearson refused to answer.
He stayed silent after the charge was read again.
The West Australian reported Ms McShera was Pearson’s girlfriend.
Ms McShera worked mainly in Family Court and was based at the Murray Chambers in the Perth CBD, according to its website.
She had more than 10 years experience as an advocate and barrister and was a member of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Western Australia and the Law Society of Western Australia.
Ms McShera (pictured centre) was a well regarded lawyer of more than 10 years experience
When paramedics attended Crown Towers hotel they were unable to revive Ms MsShera
She has also appeared in the WA Supreme Court of and Magistrates Court and previously worked as an associate to a WA Family Court judge.
In a tribute, Keegan Family Lawyers said: ‘Alice – you were a strong woman, a powerful woman, an amazing barrister and lawyer!
‘You fought for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. You were a friend, a colleague and someone to aspire to.
‘Our community will mourn your loss! You will be so missed. I am so sad.’
The $650 million Crown Towers in Perth includes 500 guest rooms and villas and was opened in 2016.
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