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Student wouldn’t have tried to get money to pay escort if he planned to murder her, court hears

Published in The Press & Journal
19th January 2017


Aberdeen
An Aberdeen student accused of raping and murdering an escort in a city flat was trying to move “heaven and earth” to pay for her services, a court has heard. Jessica McGraa was found dead and naked from the waist down on a bed of a rented apartment in Union Terrace, Aberdeen. Following her death, a post-mortem examination carried out to determine the circumstances of how she died ruled she was killed by mechanical asphyxiation.

For the last 10 days Bala Chinda, who was the last person to be seen alive with the call girl, has been on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen charged with her rape and murder. He is also alleged to have stolen Ms McGraa’s mobile phones in order to destroy vital evidence which could have been used against him. He denies all charges.

Yesterday the court heard closing speeches from both the Crown and defence counsel Iain Duguid QC.

Advocate depute Paul Kearney urged the jury to convict the 26-year-old of all charges and said there was “overwhelming” circumstantial evidence which could be used to prove his guilt. One reason to convict, he said, was that witnesses had claimed Chinda had not been in a position to pay Ms McGraa for her services, yet his DNA was discovered on her private parts.

Mr Kearney suggested to the jury that, being a sex worker, she would not have consented to sex if she knew she was not going to get paid.

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Brothel uncovered in Ennis estate

Published in The Clare Champion
19th January 2017


Ireland
TWO people have appeared before a sitting of Ennis District Court charged in connection with the running of a brothel from a housing estate in Ennis.

Celia Galan (40) and David Navaro (49), both with an address of 47 Drumroe, Rathbogue, Limerick are charged with living on the earnings of prostitution.

The charge alleges that on July 23, 2016 the defendants did knowingly live in whole or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person and aided and abetted that prostitution.

At Wednesday’s sitting of Ennis District Court, Inspector Tom Kennedy, prosecuting, outlined that gardaí were alerted that a brothel was being run from 5 Station View on the Quin Road in Ennis.

He said gardaí followed up and both defendants were arrested and questioned in relation to the matter.
He said the charges before the court “forms part of allegations they are facing”. The matter was referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who directed that the case could proceed summarily in the district court.

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Nigerian woman allegedly had 'voodoo process' before being trafficked to Ireland for prostitution

Published in The Journal.ie
18th January 2017


Dublin
A WOMAN ACCUSED of trafficking a young Nigerian woman into the country and forcing her into prostitution has gone on trial in Dublin. The victim allegedly underwent a “voodoo process” in her home country before coming to Ireland, during which she swore she would not report the alleged trafficker, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday.

Joy Imasogie (40) with an address in Chapleswood Crescent, Hollystown, Dublin 15, has pleaded not guilty to organising for the woman to enter the country illegally, to compelling or coercing the woman to be a prostitute and to controlling or directing the activities of prostitution.

In his opening to the jury of seven men and five women, prosecuting barrister, Kerida Naidoo SC, said they would hear evidence that Imasogie “trafficked” the then 20-year-old woman into Ireland in March 2006, before forcing her to work as a prostitute in order to pay back the money she was told she owed to get here.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the trial that she was living in dire financial circumstances with her grandmother in Benin City, Nigeria in 2006 when a neighbour told her he knew somebody in Europe who was looking for girls.

The woman said she then spoke on the phone to Imasogie, who told her she owned a hair salon in Ireland and asked her if she was a “good girl”. “She said I could help out in the salon and mind her children,” the woman told the court.

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