30 Sept 2022

Derry court hears local businessman tried to re-establish his 'lavish' lifestyle by renting out house in the Rosemount area of the city to Hungarian prostitutes

Derry Crown Court was told today that a once successful businessman, who was declared a bankrupt, tried to re-establish his once lavish lifestyle by renting a house in the Rosemount area of the city before sub letting it out to Hungarian prostitutes. As a result of being caught, the defendant Paul McGrory, 54, from Ard Fada in Ardmore in the Waterside, has lost the trust of his wife and is no longer on speaking terms with his children, all of whom are successful professionals and who are distraught at their father's activities. McGrory, who has pleaded guilty to running a brothel, guilty to acquiring criminal property of £17,375 and guilty to converting to credit card accounts criminal property of £7,668, is to be sentenced for the offences, which he committed between February and November of 2016, on Friday. At the plea hearing before Judge Philip Babington today, a barrister for the Public Prosecution Service that during what was initially a police investigation into possible human trafficking, they contacted a number of women who had been sent text messages by the defendant offering them premises at Argyle Street. The women had advertised their services on the adult website Escort Ireland. The text messages on their mobile 'phones were linked to the defendant's mobile 'phone. During the investigation the police received several complaints from residents in Argyle Street who told them they had seen men regularly going into the brothel. Judge Babington said he would sentence McGrory on Friday and he released him on continuing bail until then.

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