Romanian women fined for prostitution offences

THREE Romanian women were each fined €200 at Limerick District Court after they each pleaded guilty to prostitution offences in the city centre.

THREE Romanian women were each fined €200 at Limerick District Court after they each pleaded guilty to prostitution offences in the city centre.

Larisa Sturzea, aged 22, Angelica Farcas, aged 37, and Alina Sima, aged 26, who all with addresses at Marketplace, High Street pleaded guilty to soliciting for the purposes of prostitution at Thomas Street on June 6, last.

Sergeant Kevin O’Balfe of Henry Street Garda Station told Limerick District Court that while on routine patrol he observed the three women loitering on Thomas Street at around 10.40pm on June 6, last.

He said he cautioned all three and asked them to move away from the area.

However, he said he arrested them when he returned 20 minutes to find them still present.

Ms Sturzea’s solicitor, John Devane, told the court his client was a “young person” and was “easily influenced by others” and that she was “trying to support a young family”.

The court was told the maximum penalty in each case was four weeks imprisonment.

However, Judge Eamon O’Brien did not impose prison sentence and he fined each of the defendants €200.