A man who pleaded guilty to soliciting undercover gardai for sex acts has been ordered to pay a contribution to a court poor box, writes David Raleigh.
Anthony Broderick (38) admitted to soliciting Gda Niamh Keogh and Gda Sharon Quirke -- both stationed at Roxboro Road, Limerick -- for the purposes of prostitution, at Catherine Street, Limerick, on November 11, 2011.
The two were working undercover as part of Operation Freewheel, targeting those behind the supply and demand of prostitution in Limerick city.
Gda Quirke and Gda Keogh were approached by Mr Broderick. The State alleged that Mr Broderick inquired about the women's services and asked them if they were working, and how much they charged.
The incident was monitored by gardai in an unmarked car.
Yesterday, Mr Broderick's solicitor, Ted McCarthy, told Judge Eugene O'Kelly: "Mr Broderick is unemployed. He has four children and is estranged from his partner. He is financially contributing to the support of his children. He is in receipt of €188 per week."
Mr Broderick, of Davis Street, Limerick, said he would be prepared to make a contribution to the poor box at Limerick District Court.
Judge O'Kelly ordered Mr Broderick to pay a €150 contribution. The case was adjourned for receipt of payment on November 21.