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Man and woman guilty of brothel-keeping avoid jail

Published in The Irish Examiner
20th June 2015

A Dublin company executive and a Brazilian woman, who directed one of the most sophisticated prostitution operations of its kind in the Mid-West region, yesterday walked free from court. Thomas Lyons, aged 57, of The Warren Malahide and Zelandia Silva, aged 46, with an address at O’Callaghan Strand, Limerick, pleaded guilty to three counts of brothel-keeping at Bishop’s Quay, Harvey’s Quay and Grove Island between August 2010 and July 2011.

Lyons received a four-year suspended jail sentence and Silva was given a suspended 18-month jail sentence.

Judge Tom O’Donnell said it was a sophisticated operation conducted in a commercial manner, but said it was a “joint operation” between the accused. “Society might call for jail sentences but I have a responsibility to look at all the circumstances in a case,” he said.

Sgt Vincent Brick told Limerick Circuit Court that Lyons, a native of Newcastle West, was a transport consultant and did work for Limerick City Council, and also Dublin County Council as a traffic engineer.

He had sponsored co- accused Silva to study English when she came to Ireland in 2004. They entered into a romantic relationship and commenced running what Sgt Brick described as the biggest brothel operation of its kind in the Limerick region.


Four guilty after brothel ring uncovered

Published by Get West London
19th June 2015

A group who used a nightclub and sham hospitality companies to launder more than £12m worth of clients' payments for sex have been convicted in court. Ashley Sheldrick, 50, of Wrottesley Road, Brent, pleaded guilty on May 1 to conspiracy to manage a brothel for the purposes of prostitution and conspiracy to convert, transfer or remove the proceeds of crime, according to a Met Police statement.

Terrence Hart, 46, of Upper Hamilton Road, Brighton; Anilton Soares, 41, a Brazilian national of no fixed abode; and Cassia de Sousa Rodrigues, a Brazilian national of no fixed abode, were also found guilty of conspiracy to manage a brothel for the purposes of prostitution, as well as various other crimes, at the Inner London Crown Court on Wednesday (June 17).

Police said the court heard how Sheldrick and Hart used to run the East Village Nightclub, in Shoreditch, setting up bogus hospitality companies so they could apply to merchant services providers for chip and PIN machines for non-existent events. They supplied the machines and some funding to at least seven brothels across London, in return for a cut of the profits, police said.

The brothels were on Broadley Street, Albany Street and Edward Mews in Camden, and Warren Street, Kings Cross Road, Langham Street and Gloucester Place in Westminster. The money was paid into Sheldrick and Hart's bogus company bank accounts, police said.

Taxi drivers were paid a fee for seeking potential customers outside strip clubs and bringing them to the brothels. On arrival, the men were offered sex and cocaine, which many paid for via the chip and PIN machines, Met Police added. In some cases, the clients unknowingly paid up to £10,000 when they thought they were being charged a much lesser sum.


Men accused of sex trafficking in Holbeach and Holbeach St Marks

Published in The Spalding Guardian
18th June 2015

Three men have appeared in court accused of sex trafficking children in Holbeach St Marks and Holbeach. The men, all from the London area, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday), and were sent on bail to appear at Lincoln Crown Court on July 1.

Bilal Amin (31), of Lea Bridge Road, north east London, Sheraz Hussain (31), of Orchid Close, Newham, and Jonpal Sambi (27), of Gorse Close, Hatfield, entered no pleas yesterday.

They are charged with intentionally arranging or facilitating the travel of a young girl with a view to her sexual exploitation at Holbeach St Marks on May 4 2013 and a similar offence – involving a different young girl – at Holbeach on May 6 this year.  
Amin is further charged with engaging in sexual activity with a girl of 14 in London between June 14 2012 and December 31 2012 and engaging in a sex act with a girl of 15 at Stratford on May 4 2013.

Although the case has been sent to Lincoln Crown Court, magistrates heard lawyers for the men are entitled to seek transfer of the cases to a London area crown court.