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Man pleads guilty to running brothel

Paul McGrory pleaded guilty at Derry Crown Court

A BUSINESSMAN has pleaded guilty at Derry Crown Court to running of a brothel.

Paul McGrory (54) from Ardfada in the Ardmore area of the city had previously pleaded guilty to running or managing the brothel and guilty to acquiring criminal property of £17,375.

He had denied a third charge of converting criminal property of £7,668 to credit account payments, but this morning he was re-arraigned on that charge and pleaded guilty.

The defendant, who committed the three offences between February 8 and November 16 of 2016, was released on continuing bail and will be sentenced for the offences following the preparation of pre-sentence and psychiatric reports on November 6. A barrister for the Public Prosecution Service told Judge Philip Babington that there was no evidence in the case of people trafficking of women.

He said a number of women using the brothel were from East Europe. After they arrived in Northern Ireland they were contacted by the defendant through certain magazines.

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