State consultant admits running three brothels
A SENIOR transport consultant who offered advice to the Government on a major infrastructure project has admitted he kept and managed three city brothels.
Thomas Lyons (56), with an address at The Warrens, Malahide, Dublin, appeared in court on three charges.
The defendant admitted that he kept or managed brothels in three Limerick city locations, Riverpoint, Bishops Quay; at Loughmills, Grove Island; and at Bridgewater House, Harvey's Quay, on dates between August 13, 2010 and June 15, 2011.
The offences are contrary to Section 11 of the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act.
Lyons has previously admitted to allowing a Dublin apartment to be used as a brothel.
When asked at Limerick Circuit Court before Judge Carroll Moran how he wanted to plead, Mr Lyons replied "guilty" as each charge was put to him yesterday.
Prosecuting on behalf of the State, John O'Sullivan BL told the court that the guilty pleas in the three counts met the matter.
Defence barrister Mark Nicholas said that ultimately the matter became an issue of sentence and sought a date on October 30 for the next hearing.
The court heard the case is to be mentioned tomorrow with the attendance of Mr Lyons excused for an update on a probation report which had been sought. He was remanded on continuing bail.
Lyons was a senior consultant engineer with Atkins Ireland, a transport group involved in advising Fingal County Council and designing support services for the Metro West light rail project in Dublin.
The project was deferred by the Government due to the economic downturn.
Earlier this year, Mr Lyons pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to allowing an apartment at Burnell Court, Malahide Road, Dublin, to be used as a brothel between February 22 and June 22, 2011.
The court heard gardai set up surveillance after residents complained about males coming and going from the flat.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring was told that Mr Lyons continues to support his family despite being separated from his wife, but has since lost his pensionable job.
The judge accepted that he comes from a respectable background, but noted this was not a victimless crime.