GARDAI found â‚¬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 Oâ€™Neill said Det Garda Jeremiah Oâ€™Sullivan received information that there was a brothel operating at an apartment in Nashs Flats, Maiden Street, Newcastle West. â€œEscorts were operating out of the brothel,â€ said Insp Oâ€™Neill. It has been shut down.
He told the court that on May 9, 2011 gardai secured a warrant and searched the apartment.
â€œThe defendant was the leaseholder. Items were seized, â‚¬6,200 in cash, a laptop and mobile phone. She made full admissions,â€ said Insp Oâ€™Neill.
Representing Walsh, Laura Casey said her client is Brazilian and is married to an Irishman. â€œAnother girl was involved with her. My client co-operated fully with gardai and has no previous convictions,â€ said Ms Casey.
Walsh came to Ireland seven years ago, said the solicitor. â€œShe 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,â€ said Ms Casey.
The solicitor told the court that her client has stayed to face the charges, while the other person didnâ€™t. â€œShe has stayed to face the charges. The other party didnâ€™t. She has been most co-operative with gardai and very much regrets it,â€ said Ms Casey.
Insp Oâ€™Neill said Walsh hadnâ€™t come to garda notice since.
Of the â‚¬6,200 found in the apartment â‚¬5,000 belonged to Walshâ€™s husband, said Ms Casey.
â€œHe had sold a car,â€ said the solicitor. Insp Oâ€™Neill agreed with this and asked for a forfeiture order on the remaining â‚¬1,200 and the laptop, and the return of a mobile phone and â‚¬5,000.
Judge Mary Oâ€™Halloran granted those orders and fined Walsh â‚¬700.