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Man found not guilty of robbing sex worker in her Southampton flat

Published in The Daily Echo
10th May 2017


Hampshire
A MAN who was accused of robbing a Hampshire sex worker in her own home has been found not guilty. A jury at Southampton Crown Court took just 39 minutes to clear Rashpal Sanghera, 33, of Lingwood Close in Basset, Southampton.

Mr Sanghera had been accused, along with others, of robbing Violeta Pasare at her home in White Star Place, Southampton, in December 2015.

Nicholas Hall, prosecuting, said Miss Pasare, 37, was on her own when three men burst into her flat and one of them held a knife to her throat before they stole £100 and identity documents.

Mr Hall said Mr Sanghera was arrested and interviewed by police. He admitted going to White Star Place, saying he wanted to have sex with Miss Pasare, but told detectives he had a panic attack and denied being involved in any robbery, the court heard.

After listening to evidence given by defence witnesses the jury found him not guilty.
 

Granny ‘no victim’ as judge jails her for brothel keeping

Published in The Irish Examiner
9th May 2017


Ireland
At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Tom O’Donnell jailed Brazilian-born Aulicete Walsh, 54, for four months for brothel keeping in Ennis and Limerick in May 2015, telling the court that he did not regard her as a victim. Ms Walsh was appealing an eight-month jail term imposed on her at the district court in March. Judge O’Donnell said he did not find anything wrong with the district court sentence.

However, he ordered that the two four-month jail terms imposed consecutively in the district court be made concurrent.

Ms Walsh of Breskabeg, Clarina, Co Limerick, was previously convicted of brothel keeping and fined €750 in 2012 at Newcastle West District Court. “The reason put forward that this lady went back into prostitution was because her husband’s spending habits got out of kilter is in the realms of Walter Mitty. I find it incredible to say the least,” Judge O’Donnell said.

Ms Walsh was accompanied to court by her husband, Patrick Walsh, 53.

On instructions from his client, solicitor Daragh Hassett said that Ms Walsh came from abject poverty in Brazil and was put into working as a prostitute in her early teens. Mr Hassett said Ms Walsh made a clean break from being a prostitute and came to Ireland and worked as a cleaner. He said that, unfortunately for Ms Walsh, her husband “is a man who likes to spend money he hasn’t got and his spending got on top of them and this drove Ms Walsh back into the trade”.

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Woman (48) convicted in brothel case

Published in The Drogheda Independent
6th May 2017


Ireland
Gardai discovered a brothel being run in a town centre apartment after visiting the flat when concerns were raised about a child staying there, Drogheda District Court has heard.

The court heard that on May 23rd 2015 gardaí were concerned about a child at an apartment in town. They visited the apartment and on entering the premises believed it was being used as a brothel.

They spoke to Profira Pantazi (48) with addresses at Apartment 22, New Street, Scotch Hall, Drogheda and 401 Cornmarket Row, High Street Limerick, who admitted she was leasing the flat and it was being used for prostitution.

At last Tuesday's sitting of Drogheda District Court, Pantazi (48) pleaded guilty to allowing a premises be used as a brothel for the purpose of habitual prostitution on May 23rd, 2015.

The solicitor for the defence told the court the child in questions was not the defendants. She said Pantazi is a 48-year-old Romanian national who has two grown up children both in their 20s. The solicitor said her client was not involved in any of these activities herself, is not currently working and is in receipt of €120 a week social welfare.

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