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Two remanded accused of trafficking and controlling prostitution

Published in The Irish Times
27th May 2017


Northern Ireland
Two men accused of human trafficking and controlling prostitution were remanded into custody on Saturday. Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard claims that from a nine-month police investigation, Decebal Mihai (28) and Spartacus Ilie Mihai (20) had handled just over £165,000 (€189,000) cash between them.

The men, originally from Romania, face five charges each.

Decebal, of Kenlis Street in Banbridge, and Spartacus, of Henley Road in Ilford, Essex, are each charged with controlling the activities of another for gain from prostitution and of conspiring with each other to facilitate the travel within the UK of persons with intent to exploit them.

They are further charged with concealing, converting and transferring criminal property, namely money, to the value of £140,528 in the case of Decebal and £24,522 in the case of Spartacus.

All the charges are dated between June 21st, 2016 and May 25th this year.

A police officer told the court that an investigation discovered that the two men appeared to be controlling women for prostitution in the Banbridge and Belfast areas. The pair were allegedly observed driving women to clients for sex and further research uncovered bank accounts and moneygram transfers of large amounts to Romania.

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Men due in court on conspiracy to traffic and controlling prostitution charges

Published in The Banbridge Leader
27th May 2017


Northern Ireland
Police have charged two men, aged 20 and 28, with a number of offences, including conspiracy to traffic within the UK for exploitation, controlling prostitution and concealing criminal property.

They are both due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court this morning (Saturday).

It is understood the charges follow the arrests of two males on Thursday after operations in east Belfast and Banbridge.


 

Thug who threw fridge on top of sex worker in 'truly horrific attack' in Birmingham car park jailed

Published in The Birmingham Mail
26th May 2017


West Midlands
A thug who threw a fridge on top of a sex worker during a “truly horrific attack” in a Birmingham car park has been jailed for 15 years. Edward Wolstenholme left the victim with appalling injuries after a vicious and sustained assault in which he repeatedly kicked, stamped and jumped on her head in a secluded car park in Ladywood .

The kitchen porter had offered to pay the 46-year-old for sex but soon after arriving at the car park in Parker Street on February 4, he launched a frenzied attack that left the victim with severe facial fractures and a bleed on the brain.

A man in a nearby building heard the victim’s screams and shouted at the 25-year-old, who ran off. Police later discovered that he ran to a local shop to try and buy a knife and returned to the car-park, but left when he saw the victim was not alone.

At hospital the full extent of the woman’s injuries were revealed, including severe facial fractures and a bleed on the brain. Doctors later said she was lucky to survive.

Wolstenholme was quickly linked to the attack through forensic evidence. He was arrested five days after the attack at his home in Westminster Road, Selly Park and charged with attempted murder.

At Birmingham Crown Court today he was jailed for 15 years and nine months after admitting attempted murder. A Judge ordered him to serve a minimum of 12 years and nine months before he can be considered for parole and even when released he will be subject to a Dangerous Offender Order for a further three years and nine months.

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