A DUBLIN businessman and a Brazilian woman have appeared in court charged with operating a number of brothels in Limerick city and with living off the earnings of prostitutes.
Thomas Lyons, 54, of The Warrens, Malahide, County Dublin is charged with seven offences under the provisions of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act and with one count of making a false statement to gardaí about a alleged burglary offence in 2010.
Zelandia Silva, 43, of The Matthews, The Strand, O’Callaghan Strand in Limerick, is also charged with seven counts under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act.
It is alleged the offences took place at three different apartments at Riverpoint, Bishop’s Quay; Bridgewater House, Harvey’s Quay and at Loughmill, Grove Island Road, Corbally on dates between August 13, 2010 and June 20, 2011.
Each of the defendants are charged with brothel-keeping at each of the three apartments and they are also charged with three counts of living off the earnings of prostitution from the same apartments.
The pair are also charged with organising prostitution activities at a retail premises in the city centre on February 2, 2011. It is alleged that Lyons and Silva “controlled or directed” the activities of more than one prostitute on that date and that they “compelled or coerced” a person to be a prostitute for personal gain. Sgt Donal Cronin, Henry Street, said it was a “very serious matter” and he told the court the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that the defendants should face trial on indictment before a judge and jury.
The defendants were ordered to surrender their passports and they were remanded on bail on September 5, next.
Solicitor Ted McCarthy said he was reserving his position regarding free legal aid.