Friday 20 October 2017

Bakery worker (33) charged with sexual exploitation and directing activities of a prostitute in Dublin

A BAKERY worker has been charged with sexual exploitation and directing the activities of a prostitute in Dublin.
A BAKERY worker has been charged with sexual exploitation and directing the activities of a prostitute in Dublin.

Andrew Phelan

A BAKERY worker has been charged with sexual exploitation and directing the activities of a prostitute in Dublin.

Polish national Grzegorz Grzyb (33) told arresting gardai the allegations were “rubbish” and “lies” after he was arrested at Dublin airport yesterday, a court heard.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail under “strict conditions” when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

Mr Grzyb, a father-of-one with an address at Virginia Heights, Tallaght, is charged with taking a named woman under his control for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

The offence is under the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking Act) and is alleged to have happened on a date between September 1 and 11, 2012.

The second charge, under the Sexual Offences Act, alleges that he controlled or directed the activities of a prostitute.

This offence is alleged to have happened at another address in Tallaght between March 3 and October 25, 2012.

Garda Lorna Cox told Judge Anthony Halpin she arrested the defendant last night at 11.45pm and brought him to Store Street Garda Station.

He was charged in her presence at 1.05am this morning and replied “that is rubbish” to the first charge.

His reply to the second count after caution was: “these are lies.”

He was handed copies of the charge sheets. The garda said she had no objection to bail under “strict conditions,” including a substantial cash lodgment.

Applying for bail, the accused’s solicitor Niall O’Connor said Mr Grzyb was working full-time in a bakery in Ireland and had gone home to his family, including his young daughter and ex-wife in Poland for a month.

He had been in Ireland for nine years and intended to stay in this jurisdiction.

He had never troubled the courts or the gardai before, Mr O’Connor said.

The accused had exhausted his disposable income, had only €300 saved and had nobody else to assist him, Mr O’Connor added.

Judge Halpin granted bail in the defendant’s own bond of €6,000.

Under conditions of bail, he is to reside at his home address, sign on three times per week at Tallaght Garda Station and have no contact with the alleged injured party, any associates or any potential witnesses in the case.

He is to surrender his passport, not apply for a new one, or any other travel documents, and provide gardai with a phone number at which he is contactable at all times.

The accused is to notify the gardai of any change of address.

“Given the nature of the charges I don’t think it is unreasonable for garda Cox to look for a substantial cash lodgment,” Judge Halpin said.

He remanded the accused in custody with consent to bail, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on November 23.

The judge granted free legal aid “given the nature of the charges and the fact that he is being remanded in custody.”

The proceedings were translated to the accused by a court interpreter. Mr Grzyb, wearing a black jacket over a grey hooded top and blue jeans, remained silent.

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