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News of raids, prosecutions, robberies, assaults etc from the world of punting


Sex worker spared jail as hammer attack house revealed as ‘brothel’

Published in The Portsmouth News
27th July 2017

A PROSTITUTE running a brothel where a 17-year-old sex worker was attacked with a hammer hoped to make thousands of pounds. Portsmouth Crown Court heard Sherise O’Brien pooled resources with two teenage girls and was ‘running the show’ at the brothel in Shearer Road, Buckland.

But the operation unravelled when one of the girls, who cannot be named, was brutally attacked with a hammer by James Hemming.  He was later jailed for 12 years.

Martyn Booth, prosecuting O’Brien, said: ‘What was clear from the evidence that came out during the course of that investigation was that this defendant, who herself was operating as a sex worker, was using these premises to enable those two young teenagers to operate as sex workers.’

Judge Roger Hetherington sentenced O’Brien, 29, to a two-year prison sentenced suspended for two years.  ‘You were the one in charge. You were the older one and you were doing it to make money for yourself and would have taken some cut from their activities although the prosecution haven’t been able to quantify it,’ judge Hetherington said.

He added: ‘You no doubt for the rest of you life will feel a sense of responsibility.’ The judge said case ‘underlined the dangers inherent in the sex trade’.


Woman in seventies sought €80 for sex at Kildare brothel to help sick son, court hears

Published in The Lenister Leader
26th July 2017

A 73-year-old woman charged with running a brothel in Kildare has told a court that she needed money to pay for for a kidney for her son. At Naas District Court today (July 26), Terezinha Aparecida de Jesus, with an address given as 8 Basin Street, Naas, pleaded guilty to allowing the premises at 8 Basin Street, Naas, to be used as a brothel on November 9, 2016.

After hearing details of the case, Judge Desmond Zaidan applied the Probation Act on the basis that she was going back to her native Brazil. The woman, who was assisted and comforted by her Portuguese translator during the hearing, was visibly upset during the case.

When she appeared at an earlier sitting of the court on July 5, the case was adjourned after it emerged that the defence said it would be making an initial legal point. Earlier this year, Gardai asked for more time to clarify some issues and later said that the technical issues involved had now been addressed and the matter could proceed.

When the question of the legal point was raised today, Matthew Byrne, solicitor for Ms de Jesus, said that while there was a legal point to be made, his client had instructed him to plead guilty.

A female Garda told the court that the premises on Basin Street was put under surveillance and there had been a complaint from a member of the public. Gardai visited it on November 9 of last year and it emerged that the defendant was looking for €80 for sex. There was only one female, Ms de Jesus, there at the premises.


Couple jailed for running brothel and terrifying prostitute in Warrington

Published in The Paper

A woman was “too scared to escape” after being exploited into prostitution by a couple who ran a brothel in Warrington. The case came to light after officers raided an address in Amelia Street in February.

Marian Curteanu, 39, and Andrada Barbieru, 22, who are both from Romania, were inside the property and found to be in possession of a large quantity of cash, a number of mobile phones, and log in details for a prostitution website. The pair were arrested and a 21-year-old victim, who was also inside the property, was taken away by specially trained officers.

Curteanu and Barbieru both pleaded guilty to controlling prostitution for gain at a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court,

The court heard Curteanu and Barbieru exploited the victim into being a prostitute, taking all the money and leaving her deeply unhappy but “too scared to escape or say anything.”

Curteanu was jailed for two and a half years, while Barbieru was jailed for two years.

Detective Constable Carl Davis, of Warrington CID, said afterwards: “Curteanu and Barbieru took advantage of a vulnerable young woman for their own greedy needs, making her fearful and scared of how she was going to get out of such a terrible situation.