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18/09/2021

54-year-old Derry businessman pleads guilty to running a brothel, court hears defendant contacted women from Eastern Europe 'through magazines'

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A fifty-four years old local businessman has pleaded guilty at Derry Crown Court to a charge of converting criminal property in relation to the running of a brothel. Paul McGrory from Ardfada in the Ardmore area of the city had previously pleaded guilty to running or managing the brothel and guilty to acquiring criminal property of £17,375. He had denied a third charge of converting criminal property of £7,668 to credit account payments, but this morning he was re-arraigned on that charge and pleaded guilty. The defendant, who committed the three offences between February 8 and November 16 of 2016, was released on continuing bail and will be sentenced for the offences following the preparation of pre-sentence and psychiatric reports on November 6. A barrister for the Public Prosecution Service told Judge Philip Babington that there was no evidence in the case of people trafficking of women. He said a number of women using the brothel were from Eastern Europe. After they arrived in Northern Ireland they were contacted by the defendant through certain magazines.

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