The Bachelorette runner-up Adrian Baena was handcuffed by police in a drug raid on his mum’s house and his brother is on trial for four alleged rapes.
Adrian, 26, was dumped by Becky Miles in Thursday night’s finale when she chose Pete Mann, leaving the former soldier devastated and herself in tears.
How much Becky knew about Adrian’s past while filming the show is unclear. She has said the pair are still friends.
Adrian Baena, 26, was dumped by Becky Miles (pictured together) in Thursday night’s Bachelorette finale, leaving the former soldier devastated and herself in tears
Adrian wrote on Instagram after the finale aired: ‘Although I really thought I’d found my person, this heartbreak isn’t going to stop me from picking up the pieces and trying again’
On February 19, 2019, the home of Adrian’s mother Karen Cotter in Caboolture South, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, was raided by police.
Adrian was handcuffed for allegedly obstructing police as they tried to execute a search warrant, but was released a short time later without charge.
Meth was allegedly found in the home and police arrested his brother Jaden Thornhill Baena, 29, and charged him with drug possession.
It is not suggested that Adrian or Ms Cotter had any involvement in the matters subject to the charges.
This is easily the least serious charge Jaden faces, as he has been committed to stand trial on more than a dozen alleged sex crimes from September 2016.
Jaden’s charges include four counts of rape, one of sexual assault, and seven each of filming a woman’s genital region without consent and distributing the videos.
Evidence documents allege the four alleged rapes were committed against one woman, once while she was unconscious.
How much Becky knew about Adrian’s past (Adrian pictured in his days as a soldier) while filming the show is unclear
Adrian’s brother Jaden’s (pictured left, with Adrian) charges include four counts of rape, one of sexual assault, and seven each of filming a woman’s genital region without consent and distributing the videos
He allegedly filmed these rapes and saved them to a hard drive that was recovered by police, and allegedly sent the videos around.
The sexual assault charge was related to a second woman, which he also allegedly filmed along with other sexual encounters.
‘He had a folder of videos of women in phonetic alphabetic order, e.g. Sierra-Sarah,’ a source alleged. This was cited in court documents.
Court records show Jaden was arrested on May 27, 2019, and released on strict bail on November 1 of that year. He next faces court on December 9.
Adrian has stood by his brother and visited him at Arthur Gorrie Remand Centre before he was released on bail.
His very serious criminal charges did not prevent production company Warner Bros Australia from bringing him on to the show on Wednesday night to grill Becky.
‘This is my little bro, I just want to make sure you’re the right girl for him, and I reckon it’s a big issue,’ he said.
Jaden’s very serious criminal charges did not prevent production company Warner Bros Australia from bringing him on to the show on Wednesday night to grill Becky
‘So I’ve seen on social media that you actually broke up with your boyfriend to come on to the show. Is that true?’
Becky explained she had been dating someone before filming the dating show but he wasn’t the right person.
Jayden then questioned whether Becky was appearing on the show for fame or to find love.
‘So you’re not just jumping on the show to get famous or something like that, right?’ he asked.
After grilling Becky about her intentions, Jayden admitted: ‘I had a few concerns coming into it, but I kind of feel like she said all the right things.’
Bachelorette favourite Adrian is close friends with a former ‘terrorist’, who was acquitted of murder
Adrian is also a longtime close friend of Ashley Mitchell Scott Dyball, 28, who was acquitted of murder in September but convicted of a lesser crime.
Dyball also travelled to Syria in 2015 to fight for Kurdish paramilitary group People’s Protection Unit (YPG) against ISIS.
The YPG are closely linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which the Australian Government lists as a terrorist organisation.
After his friend from the Gold Coast, Reece Harding, was blown up by an IED in June 2015, Dyball tried to return home but was arrested in Germany and charged with terrorism.
Adrian (left) is a longtime close friend of Ashley Mitchell Scott Dyball, 28, (right) who was acquitted of murder in September but convicted of a lesser crime
He was deported back to Australia in December 2015 and did not end up facing any charges over fighting for the militants.
Dyball was put on trial for murder over the March 2017 death of Samuel Thompson, 22, who was hacked to death with a tomahawk.
His body was found stuffed into a toolbox and buried in a shallow grave in Beerburrum state forest, near the Sunshine Coast.
Roberto Vincenzo Boscaino, who owned the apartment where Thompson was killed, was jailed for life for the murder.
Dyball was found not guilty, but convicted of interfering with a corpse in what the Queensland called a ‘cruel and hideous’ cover-up.
The court heard it was Dyball who put the body in the toolbox and buried it.
Dyball travelled to Syria in 2015 to fight for Kurdish paramilitary group People’s Protection Unit (YPG) against ISIS
Thompson’s father Bruce said he hated Dyball in a powerful victim’s impact statement read to the court.
‘Not even animals treat their dead that way,’ he said.
Dyball was jailed for three years for his part in the crime but released within days as he had served so much time on remand.
Adrian often went to visit Dyball in jail, a source close to the family said.
‘Adrian always knew Ashley had a screw loose, but kept hanging out with him anyway,’ they said.
Dyball also wished Adrian luck in the Bachelorette finale before it screen on Thursday night.
‘Check out my brother Adrian Baena tonight on the Bachelorette! Final two! Good luck brother!’ he wrote.
He was deported back to Australia in December 2015 (pictured arriving in Brisbane) and did not end up facing any charges over fighting for the militants
Adrian’s younger brother Reece Baena, 21, was also arrested at the Sandstone Point Hotel near Bribie Island, east of Caboolture, on August 28, 2019.
‘He was drunk and he took his clothes off and urinated on them after being asked to leave the venue,’ a witness told Daily Mail Australia.
Police were called and Reece was arrested and charged with being a public nuisance at a licensed venue and fined $350 without a conviction by the local magistrate three weeks later.
Friends said Adrian received a six-figure medical payout and a pension after leaving the army he has used to travel, buy an apartment, and largely live on.
‘He doesn’t have a job, he doesn’t need one. He likes to party,’ one said.
The Baena brothers: Adrian, Reece, Tristan, and Jaden
Adrian’s younger brother Reece Baena, 21, (pictured right, with Jaden) was arrested at the Sandstone Point Hotel near Bribie Island, east of Caboolture, on August 28, 2019
Instead, she was in tears after cutting him in favour of Pete on Thursday night’s finale.
‘You ignite something in me that I really want. But at the same time, I think my gut is telling me to go with someone else. I’m really sorry,’ she said.
A shocked Adrian said: ‘Oh, man. I wasn’t expecting that. I can’t believe that. Oh! For me, the feeling was just undeniable. But you’ve gotta trust that gut instinct.’
‘Honestly I’ve enjoyed every moment of this experience with you. You’re amazing and I truly just want what’s best for you. And so, you know, I know it might seem hard now, but don’t feel bad,’ he added.
Adrian was shocked and heartbroken when he was cut from the show in Thursday night’s finale
After saying goodbye to Becky, a frustrated Adrian claimed ‘it’s bulls**t’ and admitted he thought he had won her heart.
‘It’s bulls**t. I just got my hopes up so much, you know, thinking, ‘Well, this is it!’. You saw how confident I was. I mean, like, the most confident person in the world,’ he told producers.
‘But a girl knows what she wants and she wants Pete. She’s gonna be happy and that’s good.’