Laptop and cash seized in raid at County Limerick brothel

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

GARDAI found €6,200 in cash and a laptop when they raided a brothel in Newcastle West, the local court has heard.

GARDAI found €6,200 in cash and a laptop when they raided a brothel in Newcastle West, the local court has heard.

Aulicete Walsh, 49, of Denesford Drive, Lougrea, Co Galway pleaded guilty to knowingly permitting a premises to be used as a brothel for the purpose of habitual prostitution.

Insp Eamon O’Neill said Det Garda Jeremiah O’Sullivan received information that there was a brothel operating at an apartment in Nashs Flats, Maiden Street, Newcastle West. “Escorts were operating out of the brothel,” said Insp O’Neill. It has been shut down.

He told the court that on May 9, 2011 gardai secured a warrant and searched the apartment.

“The defendant was the leaseholder. Items were seized, €6,200 in cash, a laptop and mobile phone. She made full admissions,” said Insp O’Neill.

Representing Walsh, Laura Casey said her client is Brazilian and is married to an Irishman. “Another girl was involved with her. My client co-operated fully with gardai and has no previous convictions,” said Ms Casey.

Walsh came to Ireland seven years ago, said the solicitor. “She worked occasionally as a cleaner and in restaurants. Her mother is quite unwell. She has a heart condition that requires surgery. The money was being sent back to Brazil,” said Ms Casey.

The solicitor told the court that her client has stayed to face the charges, while the other person didn’t. “She has stayed to face the charges. The other party didn’t. She has been most co-operative with gardai and very much regrets it,” said Ms Casey.

Insp O’Neill said Walsh hadn’t come to garda notice since.

Of the €6,200 found in the apartment €5,000 belonged to Walsh’s husband, said Ms Casey.

“He had sold a car,” said the solicitor. Insp O’Neill agreed with this and asked for a forfeiture order on the remaining €1,200 and the laptop, and the return of a mobile phone and €5,000.

Judge Mary O’Halloran granted those orders and fined Walsh €700.