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Lawyers question 'brothel' charge against Hong Kong man 'as only one prostitute was found' at Gloucester address

Published by Gloucestershie Live
6th October 2017


Gloucestershire
A Hong Kong man who is illegally in the UK has appeared at Gloucester Crown Court today accused of running a brothel in the city. Chihung Wong, 59, of no fixed address, was assisted by a Cantonese interpreter as he faced a charge of managing a brothel at a house in Arthur Street, Gloucester.

But the court was told by defence lawyer Lloyd Jenkins that the charge is invalid because there was only one woman prostitute found at the address and the law requires there to be more than one for the premises to be described as a brothel.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC agreed the charge was wrong in law and suggested a more appropriate charge might be living off immoral earnings. He agreed to adjourn for two weeks for the prosecution to consider the charges.

The court heard that Wong entered the UK in June 2014 with permission to remain for six months but did not return to Hong Kong.

Prosecutor Alistair Hetherington said that as well as the Gloucester allegations, Wong is also under investigation for similar offences in Lincolnshire but has not yet been charged with any offence there.

Remanding Wong in custody till October 20 Judge Tabor told him: "The offence you have been charged with is incorrect and you could not be found guilty of it if it went before a jury. The prosecution will have two weeks to decide whether to charge you with another offence."