Tried to pick up undercover garda as a prostitute
A MAN who tried to hire an undercover garda as a prostitute on a Dublin street claimed he was innocently inviting her home for a drink.
Hassan Ilkhan (44) pulled up in a red light district and beckoned the plainclothes garda over, propositioning her.
Judge Catherine Staines found him guilty, but left him without a conviction after he made a €300 donation to charity.
Ilkhan, of Swan's Nest, Kilbarrack, had denied a charge of soliciting for a prostitute at Hendrick Street on June 4.
The offence is contrary to Section 7 of the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act.
Dublin District Court heard he was caught by gardai from the Bridewell station operating a plainclothes "vice beat" in the north inner city.
Garda Byrne said she was on duty when the defendant's car stopped about 40 metres away from her. He rolled down his window and signalled for her to come over.
He asked if she was looking for work and if she would like to come home with him for a drink.
The defendant claimed that he was dropping a friend home in Smithfield at the time. He said he had been out with friends in a pub, intended having some drinks at his home and asked the garda if she would join him. He told the court he did not have to work the following day.
In relation to his comment about her looking for work, he said he would sometimes give people his business card.
He said he only rolled the window down half-way. Garda Byrne put it to him that his route in dropping his friend home would not have taken him to Hendrick Street, and that he had been "circling" the area.
He denied this. The court heard his friend had told him it was a "bad area" and the garda said despite this, he stopped and asked a stranger to go home with him.
Judge Staines said she was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had been soliciting for a prostitute.
"He signalled the garda from 40 to 50 metres away, he asked her was she looking for work and he said he had some business she might be interested in but there was no evidence of what his work was."
The defendant had been living and working in Ireland for 10 years and intended staying here, his lawyer said. He had no family here but had a number of friends. Ilkhan was trying to get an Irish passport and a conviction might hamper his efforts, his lawyer said. He was happy to make a contribution to charity.