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Pair in Valentine’s ‘brothel’ arrests

Published in The York Press
20th February 2017


Yorkshire

TWO people have been arrested on suspicion of running a brothel in York. The man and the woman, both aged in their fifties, were both arrested in the early hours of Valentine’s Day, at separate addresses in the city.

North Yorkshire Police said they were acting on information provided by members of the public that a brothel was being run from a property in The Groves area.

Inspector Lee Pointon said evidence had been seized from the scene, and both individuals had since been released on bail while the investigation continued.

He said: “This operation was part of Operation Cocoon, and there will be more activities coming up in the community with extra patrols and events. We will respond to any information provided by the public, so please, if you have a concern or information you think we should know about, phone 101.”


 

Prostitute given €1,200 by judge to leave Ireland brought before SAME court over similar charges

Published in The Irish Mirror
20th February 2017


Dublin
A prostitute who was given €1,200 by a Judge to leave Ireland has appeared before the same justice charged with running a brothel. Mikaela Niculae, 39, was arrested in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, at the weekend and charged with prostitution.

She was one of two Romanian women operating the brothel in the town. Garda Joe English told Letterkenny District Court they found five mobile phones, €60, a receipt for a money transfer to Romania for €500 and a receipt for €120 to the Escort Ireland website.

Elena Florea, 36, was also charged with prostitution on the same date in the same apartment.

Gda English said Niculae appeared before the court in June 2014 with five other prostitutes who were given €1,200 by Judge Paul Kelly to fly back to Romania. The money came from €5,890 seized by Gardai in a brothel at the time.

Florea, had been given the Probation Act when she appeared before Letterkenny District Court last November, also charged with prostitution.

Garda English told the court both women admitted taking part in prostitution and planned to fly to Spain where their solicitor Frank Dorrian said the trade was legal.

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Heartless prostitute targeted pensioners' homes and wielded 12-inch knife

Published in The Grimsby Telegraph
20th February 2017


Lincolnshire
A HEARTLESS prostitute deliberately targeted the homes of two pensioners aged 82 and 67 – and menacingly brandished a knife in front of one of them. She even got into bed with one of the men after he suddenly woke up to find her inside his bedroom, a court heard.

Nikita Hansen, 30, of Strand Street, Grimsby, admitted two offences of burglary and another of having a knife in public.

Stephen Welch, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that a 67-year-old dementia sufferer was in bed on October 17 when he woke up to find Hansen had climbed in through a window and was in his bedroom. He challenged her and said: "What are you doing?"

She got into bed with him – but he quickly left the bedroom and she went to the kitchen. He later discovered that a box containing £250 cash had been taken from his home in Eleanor Street, Grimsby.

On October 24, the man's carer saw Hansen trying to climb into the pensioner's bedroom window again. She pulled out a 12-inch knife and demanded to speak to the householder but the carer refused to let her in. "She appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs," said Mr Welch. Hansen had the knife above her shoulder and pointed it downwards in a stabbing motion.

The pensioner later said: "I was scared and still am. I am afraid to be in my own home now. I have to keep everything locked. I am really scared."

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