Pair Charged With Keeping And Profiting From A Brothel

A man and a woman have appeared in court in Limerick charged in connection with running a brothel and living off the earnings of prostitutes.

54-yer-old Thomas Lyons, with an address at The Warrens, Malahide, Co Dublin, was charged with seven counts under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act and one count of making a false statement to gardaí.

43-year-old Zelandia Silva, with an address at The Matthews, O'Callaghan Strand, Limerick was also charged with seven counts under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act.

The two accused were charged with three counts of brothel keeping at apartments in Limerick City between August 2010 and June 2011.

They were also charged with three counts of living off the earnings of prostitution from the apartments located at Riverpoint, Bishop’s Quay, Bridgewater House, Harvey's Quay and Grove Island Road, Corbally.

Detective Garda Vincent Brick of Henry Street Garda Station in Limerick said Mr Lyons had been the subject of a two-and-a-half year garda surveillance investigation and "has assets outside of the country".

Sergeant Donal Cronin said the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented that the two accused be sent forward for trial on indictment.

Mr Lyons and Ms Silvia were granted bail on a €500 personal bond each.

They were both ordered to surrender their passports and not to apply for any travel documents and they also have to sign on twice-weekly at their local garda stations.

The trial will begin on 5 September this year.


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