A fifty-four years old local man who works five days a week in Co. Carlow, has been returned for trial to the Crown Court charged with running a brothel.

Paul McGrory appeared at a preliminary enquiry hearing at the city's Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh.

The defendant, from Ardfada in Ardmore is charged with keeping, managing or assisting in the management of a brothel.

He is also charged acquiring criminal property of £17,375 and with converting criminal property of £7,688.

The defendant is further charged with committing the offences between February 8 and November 16 of 2016.

A defence solicitor said he accepted the defendant had a prima facie case to answer and he described the charges faced by the defendant as serious. He said the file in the case, which he said was complicated, ran to over 1,000 pages.

The defendant was released on his own bail of £750 to attend the Crown Court for his arraignment on August 23.

As part of his bail conditions the defendant was ordered by Deputy District Judge Paul Conway not to contact anyone involved in the ongoing police investigation, to reside at his Ardmore address when not working in Co. Carlow and not to enter Argyle Street in the Rosemount area of Derry.

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