From millionaire property developer to the drug-addled owner of a sex dungeon … Scion of a well-to-do family and a former high flyer in Auckland’s property market, Mark Lyon has seen his world tumble from riches to rags, from inner-city penthouse to a seamy underground world of drugs, sex and violence. David Fisher finds out how it happened.
Mark Lyon slipped down the ladder of society, bouncing off every rung, until he came to a stop in Auckland Prison’s cell block D.
Master of the universe, property developer, millionaire, would-be gangster, drug addict and sexual deviant – Lyon transformed as he fell, submerged in the muck of increasingly dark and dirty worlds.
Sentenced to 15 years in prison, aged 59, his prospects have gone from ripe to rancid.
Alone in his cell at night, inmates say he screams when the lights go out. Whatever haunts Lyon in his cell, he’s left plenty of nightmares outside it.