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Metro guru accused of running brothels

A TRANSPORT consultant who advised the Government on a major project has been sent forward for trial on charges of operating and living off the profits of brothels in Limerick.

Thomas Lyons (54), of The Warrens, Malahide, Dublin, faces seven charges under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act as well as one count of making a false statement to gardai.

Lyons previously worked as a senior consultant with a company involved in advising Fingal County Council and designing support services for the Metro West light rail project in Dublin.

His co-accused, Brazilian Zelandia Silva (43), of The Matthews, O'Callaghan Strand, Limerick, faces seven charges under the same legislation.

Limerick District Court yesterday heard they are charged with three counts of living off the earnings of prostitution from the apartments they owned or rented at Riverpoint, Bishops Quay, Bridgewater House, Harvey's Quay, in Limerick city, and at Grove Island Road, Corbally.

They are also charged with a further three counts of operating brothels at apartments in Limerick city between August 2010 and June 2011.

They are also each charged with one count of organising prostitution at Brown Thomas, O Connell Street, Limerick city, on February 2, 2011.

Lyons is also charged with making a false statement to gardai regarding a burglary at an apartment at Riverpoint, Limerick, in August 2010.

The judge said the position of whether legal aid would be granted was now a matter for the Circuit Court and remanded both defendants on bail to the next sittings of Limerick Circuit Criminal Court.