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Thursday 14 December 2017

Sentence adjourned in brothel rental case

Criminal Courts of Justice
Criminal Courts of Justice

A Dublin road engineer who rented an apartment for use as a brothel to help pay off property loans has had his sentencing adjourned to December to allow a probation report be completed.

Thomas Lyons (56) told gardai he had rented the apartment so he could live there with his Brazilian girlfriend, who was in the escort industry but whom he met socially.

When they split up, he advertised the property for €700 per week on an Irish escort website to help pay mortgages on three properties and to support his wife and children.

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Garda Sheila White said Lyons also said he had been financially assisting his then girlfriend so she could leave the escort industry. He said he got the idea to advertise on the site because of her involvement in the trade.

Lyons, a father-of-two of The Warren, Malahide Road, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to permitting an apartment at Burnell Court, Northern Cross, Malahide Road to be used as a brothel between February 22 and June 22, 2011.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring remanded Lyons on bail to facilitate the completion of the probation report.

She adjourned sentencing in the case until December 18.

Gda White told Geraldine Small BL, prosecuting, that she and colleagues set up surveillance after residents complained to the property manager about males coming and going from the apartment.

Gardaí got a search warrant and on June 22, they saw an African woman and Eastern European woman enter the premises. Lyons arrived later that day and answered the door to the search team.

He made full admissions during interview and said he had been an engineer for 18 years but was now on a three-day working week.

He said he got about €3,000 a-month take home pay and some rental income on other properties, including one in Lanzarote.

The judge said there seemed to be a contradiction between Lyons trying to help his girlfriend out of prostitution and facilitating other women in the trade.

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