A JUDGE says a grandmother who admitted running a brothel at a rented flat in the city centre was facilitating the problem of prostitution in Limerick.
Limerick Court heard Jozsefne Dogi, aged 47, who has an address at Kilteragh, Dooradoyle was arrested during a garda operation on March 8, 2012.
Detective Garda Brendan Stokes said gardai had been monitoring an apartment at Market Court, High Street for a number of days before they searched the premises under warrant.
He said when gardai entered the flat, they discovered two young women inside who were engaged in prostitution.
The defendant, who is a Hungarian national, was on the phone at the time.
“She was operating and running the brothel,” said Det Garda Stokes.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendant admitted obtaining the apartment and “taking bookings, arranging appointments and setting out prices” for the two girls, who were also Hungarian nationals.
Solicitor John Devane said his client, who has no previous convictions had been “duped” into helping the two girls, who were working as prostitutes in the flat.
He said Ms Dogi, who has lived in Ireland for nine years, had encountered the girls a number of days earlier.
He said while she was “well aware” of what she was getting into she was an “unlikely participant” and did not make any money from the enterprise.
“She took pity on the girls, she felt bullied and intimidated into helping these women,” he said adding that Ms Dogi was “absolutely distraught” to have been arrested and brought before the court.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly said Ms Dogi’s position was “not credible”.
He noted that a lease had been taken out on the flat just a few days before the garda raid and he said there was no evidence supporting the contention she Ms Dogi had been bullied or intimidated.
“It is ladies like this who facilitate prostitution in this city. It is the brothel keepers who facilitate what is a widespread nuisance in Limerick.”
The judge imposed a five month prison sentence on the defendant which he suspended for two years