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Woman accused of banking more than 800k from running brothel

Postby admin » 20 Mar 2015, 23:38

An alleged madam banked more than £800,000 from two brothels in Clifton and Bedminster, a court heard. Julie Gatty and ex-partner Philip Stubbs are alleged to have helped run a premises called Panache in Highland Crescent as well as From China With Love in North Street.

Bristol Crown Court was told that Gatty claimed Panache was a legitimate massage parlour and she was a receptionist. But a police investigation which included undercover surveillance found she banked £818,717 between 2005 and 2012. Stubbs, who claimed to be a maintenance man, set up a CCTV system at Panache, from which police recovered footage showing him receiving envelopes from girls, said to be takings from sexual services.

Gatty, 59, and Stubbs, 68, who each gave an address at Hook Street Farm, Berkeley, both deny two charges of keeping a brothel used for prostitution between November 2009 and March 2012.

Brendon Moorhouse, prosecuting, said it was not an offence to be a prostitute. But he said it was an offence to run or assist in the running of brothels. He said: "People were going to these two premises and paying for sex there. Two or more women were working there, offering sex."

Mr Moorhouse said assistance in the management of a brothel could involve being a receptionist, providing security, banking proceeds, advertising services on offer, transporting sex workers or buying wet wipes and condoms. He said the Panache premises was let out to Gatty in July 2007 and soon afterwards she and Stubbs set about creating a brothel. There was evidence Gatty set up a bank account to pay utility bills at Panache, which she described to police as a massage parlour.

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Re: Woman accused of banking more than 800k from running brothel

Postby admin » 20 Mar 2015, 23:39

NAKED women masseurs offered sex to undercover police at suspected brothels in Clifton and Bedminster, Bristol Crown Court was told. A jury heard the officers established by phone that massage sessions at the establishments cost £60 for half an hour or £100 for an hour. But they were told they had to attend in person to discuss "extras", and did so.

Julie Gatty and Philip Stubbs are alleged to have helped run a premises called Panache in Highland Crescent as well as From China With Love in North Street. Though Gatty claimed Panache was a legitimate massage parlour and she was a receptionist, a police investigation found she banked £818,717 between 2005 and 2012.

Stubbs, who claimed to be just a maintenance man, set up a CCTV system at Panache and police recovered footage which showed him receiving envelopes from women, said to be takings from sexual services.

Gatty, 59, and Stubbs, 68, who were separated but living at Hook Street Farm, Berkeley, both deny two charges of keeping a brothel used for prostitution between November 2009 and March 2012.

The jury was read statements from several undercover officers involved in the operation. Covert officer "Stu" said he rang Panache and a woman told him a Thai woman called Jenny was working, offering a good service for £60 or £100. When he asked if he could get extras, the woman replied: "Yeah, yeah, yeah."

The officer rang Panache a few weeks later and, when he asked about extras, was told to speak directly to one of two women available rather than over the phone.

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Re: Woman accused of banking more than 800k from running brothel

Postby admin » 20 Mar 2015, 23:40

A WOMAN has told a jury she managed a brothel in Bristol. Mao Tao Ha said she met Philip Stubbs and formed a sexual relationship with him. She said Stubbs placed her in a flat used as a brothel in Cotham Park Mansions before he took her to manage a Clifton-based massage parlour, which she also described as a brothel.

Stubbs and Julie Gatty are alleged to have helped run a premises called Panache in Highland Crescent, Clifton, as well as From China With Love in North Street, Bedminster. Though Gatty claimed Panache was a legitimate massage parlour and she was a receptionist, a police investigation found she banked £818,717 between 2005 and 2012.

Stubbs, who claimed to be just a maintenance man, set up a CCTV system at Panache and police recovered footage which showed him receiving envelopes from women, said to be takings for sexual services.

Gatty, 59, and Stubbs, 68, who were separated but living at Hook Street Farm, Berkeley, both deny two charges of keeping a brothel used for prostitution between November 2009 and March 2012.

Ms Ha said she stayed at Cotham Park Mansions, which she described as a brothel, and was paid £100 a week for answering the phone, cleaning and cooking. She said she met Gatty through Stubbs, and had been invited to visit them at their home. Ms Ha said in 2008 Gatty took her to a massage parlour called Panache in Clifton.

Speaking via a Mandarin interpreter, she told Bristol Crown Court: "For three years I was running and controlling Panache. Every time I was paid by Phil, by cheque. I had to pay tax and national insurance. I was paid from Julie Gatty's account and Phil paid me. Julie Gatty did not pay me herself, all the wages were paid by Phil."

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Re: Woman accused of banking more than 800k from running brothel

Postby admin » 01 Apr 2015, 17:46

A FORMER couple have been convicted of running brothels in Bristol. Julie Gatty and Philip Stubbs were alleged to have helped run a premises called "Panache" in Highland Crescent, Clifton, as well as "From China With Love" in North Street, Bedminster.

Though Gatty claimed Panache was a legitimate massage parlour and she was a receptionist, a police investigation which included undercover surveillance officers found she banked £818,717 between 2005 and 2012. Stubbs, who claimed to be just a maintenance man, was seen on Panache CCTV receiving envelopes from girls, said to be takings from sexual services.

Gatty, 59, and Stubbs, 68, who were separated but living at Hook Street Farm, Berkeley, both denied two charges of keeping a brothel used for prostitution between November 2009 and March 2012.

A jury of six men and six women unanimously convicted Stubbs of keeping both premises. It convicted Gatty of keeping the Panache business, by a majority of 10 to two, but cleared her of keeping From China With Love.

Judge Michael Longman released the pair on bail and adjourned sentence on them until a date to be fixed. He set a Proceeds of Crime Application (POCA), to assess and confiscate any money made through crime, for August 14.

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Re: Woman accused of banking more than 800k from running brothel

Postby triple h » 16 Sep 2016, 23:23

Tycoon who ran brothels in Bristol and was found with machine gun at home avoids jail

A millionaire and his former partner made more than £800,000 running brothels in Bristol.

But Philip Stubbs and Julie Gatty have avoided prison sentences - despite Stubbs also having been found in possession of a machine gun.

Both were handed a suspended prison sentence at Bristol Crown Court for managing Panache in Highland Crescent, Clifton, as well as From China With Love in North Street, Bedminster.

In a separate trial last month, Stubbs, who used to own Tortworth Court, near Thornbury, as well as Weston-super-Mare's Birnbeck Pier, was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon, after a machine gun from a tank was found during a search of his home. The pair also had a swimming pool and hundreds of cars, including Bentleys and Lamborghinis, police said today

Gatty claimed Panache was a legitimate massage parlour and she was a receptionist. But a police investigation, which included undercover surveillance, found she banked £818,717 between 2005 and 2012.

Stubbs, who claimed to be a maintenance man, was seen on Panache CCTV receiving envelopes from girls, said to contain takings from sexual services.

Gatty, 59, and Stubbs, 68, who were separated but living at Hook Street Farm, Berkeley, both denied two charges of keeping a brothel used for prostitution between November 2009 and March 2012 but were found guilty at an earlier hearing.

Stubbs was given a two-year suspended jail sentence for running the brothels, with a six-month suspended prison term to run alongside for the firearms offence.

Gatty was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid community work.

A proceeds of crime hearing has been scheduled for a later date, following an application by Avon and Somerset police.

Detectives searched the former couple's home in March 2012 and found the property had an indoor swimming pool and a temperature controlled basement containing 116 cars, including Mercedes, Bentleys and Lamborghinis.

DC Emma George who led the investigation said: "These sentences should act as a warning to anyone involved in running a brothel, that we will investigate, prosecute and bring them to justice. Ultimately, they could end up spending time behind bars.

"The fact that we are now pursuing their assets through the Proceeds of Crime Act shows that we are committed to recovering money and other assets that have been derived from crime and sends a message that crime does not pay.

"The defendants have refused to accept their guilt throughout the entire legal process and have cost the tax payer a small fortune by attempting to delay things for as long as possible. Stubbs is clearly in denial and thinks he is above the law, as he still does not accept his guilt despite being convicted twice at two separate trials."

Brendon Moorhouse, opening the case for the prosecution, said it was not an offence to be a prostitute.

But he told the jury it was an offence to run or assist in the running of brothels.

He said: "People were going to these two premises and paying for sex there. Two or more women were working there, offering sex."

Mr Moorhouse said assistance in the management of a brothel could involve being a receptionist, providing security, banking proceeds, advertising services on offer or transporting sex workers.

He said the Panache premises was let out to Gatty in July, 2007, very soon after which she and former partner Stubbs set about creating a brothel.

The Crown had a letter Gatty sent to Bristol City Council, claiming nil business rates during an eight-week period of refurbishment.

There was also evidence Gatty set up a bank account to pay utility bills at Panache, which she described to police as a massage parlour.

Other evidence included Gatty taking out advertisements in the local press.

Mr Moorhouse said Stubbs was filmed on CCTV at Panache taking money from sex workers.

Mr Moorhouse told the jury: "This is all about money, It is about the people who manage premises and do so to make money."

A self-made millionaire and former drag racer, Stubbs owned Grade II-listed Tortworth Court mansion, next to Leyhill Prison, before selling it to Four Pillars hotel group in 1999 for £2 million. It was then transformed into a luxury hotel and events venue.

Stubbs owned Chapel Cleeve Court, near Minehead, and also bought Birnbeck Pier in Weston for £1.5 million in 1989, hoping to transform it as part of an ambitious £150 million plan, which included a marina and waterside village.

But problems meant the scheme never got off the ground and in 1998 the pier, valued just a few years previously at £2 million, came on the market for £500,000 - £1 million less than he paid for it.

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Re: Woman accused of banking more than 800k from running brothel

Postby admin » 17 Sep 2016, 22:20

Thanks for the update H
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Re: Woman accused of banking more than 800k from running brothel

Postby admin » 12 Apr 2017, 19:14

A Gloucestershire man who helped his ex-wife run two brothels has failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear his name. Phillip Stubbs, 70, of Hook Street Farm, Lynch Road, Berkeley, was found guilty of two counts of brothel keeping at Bristol Crown Court in March 2015.

He was handed a two year suspended sentence and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work. His former wife, Julie Gatty, 61, was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work after being found guilty of the same charges.

Stubbs yesterday challenged his convictions at the Court of Appeal, in London, saying he had uncovered "new evidence". He criticised his trial lawyers and argued the fresh evidence could have undermined testimony given by witnesses at his trial. But his complaints were thrown out by senior judges, who said there was "a wealth of evidence" he was involved in running the brothels.

Two brothels - 'Panache', in Highland Crescent, Clifton, Bristol and 'From China with Love', in North Street, Bedminster, Bristol - were targeted by a police investigation using undercover officers and surveillance. Officers and women who worked at one of the properties gave evidence at the trial that sexual services were offered for money.

The court heard there was also surveillance footage which showed Stubbs going to and from the properties with plastic bags. He claimed he had collected money to help his ex-wife, but was not aware the premises were being used as brothels.

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