Friday 20 October 2017

Mother is convicted over video spy brothel

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A MOTHER of two has been convicted of running a brothel which featured hidden cameras in some of the rooms.

Caroline O'Leary (39) had denied 69 charges of organising prostitution and keeping brothels on John Street and Grafton Street in Cork between January 2006 and May 2007.

But following almost four hours of deliberation yesterday, the all-male jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court convicted O'Leary, of Scartbarry in Watergrasshill, Co Cork, on seven counts.

The five-day trial was told that cameras were discovered hidden in some of the brothel rooms -- and that video feeds to a computer were found by gardai at Scartbarry..

A Brazilian prostitute operating from one of the brothels provided a 'price list' of services, which ranged from €100 to €250.

Crackdown

The trial had previously heard O'Leary's partner, Anthony 'Tony' Linnane (56), insist that she knew nothing about the brothels, which he admitted operating.

Linnane -- a former chimney sweep -- claimed that he never discussed such matters with O'Leary or in front of her.

He will be sentenced next month. He was arrested and questioned by gardai as part of Operation Boulder, the national crackdown launched against the sex industry in 2005.

Linnane lives with Caroline O'Leary in a dormer bungalow at Watergrasshill in north Cork, but also owns property in Europe and North America.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain ruled that O'Leary be remanded in custody for sentencing on May 12.

Last Tuesday, Julieanne Gibson (41), pleaded guilty to five sample counts, from the initial indictment of 69 charges, before Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The charges all involved brothel keeping on dates between January 23, 2006 and April 20, 2007.

Gibson of Springvale, Old Youghal Road, Cork, will be sentenced on May 12.

The State indicated that a nolle prosequi, or 'no prosecution', was being entered in relation to another defendant, Robert Healy (49).

Irish Independent

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