Dad and son jailed for helping to run large scale brothel

Achilleos Neophytou
Achilleos Neophytou

A father and son have been jailed for helping to run a Birmingham brothel which is thought to have raked in more than £7 million (€7.8m) after attracting up to 200 clients a day.

Achilleos Neophytou, 66, and 25-year-old Stefanos Neophytou, whose addresses cannot be published, were both jailed for 27 months for their involvement in the Libra club in Summer Hill Road.

Police have released footage of the inside of the premises, which had been advertised as somewhere for massage and relaxation, showing what appears to be a red-lit poledancing area, price lists for services, and a private room with a hot tub.

The club was raided last year following a series of incidents including an arson attack, a firearms incident and several outbreaks of disorder.

Top row left to right Achilleos Neophytou, Stefanos Neophytou, Martin Tierney (bottom row left to right) Marilyn Egan, Anita OÕDonnell and Ogun Olufunlola

Marilyn Egan, 65, of Pershore Road, Edgbaston, and Anita O'Donnell, 55, of Slade Lane, Hall Green, were both given 12-month community orders and electronically tagged for three months.

Ogun Olufunlola, 30, of Roseby Street, Springhill was given a 12 month community order and is expected to do 120 hours of unpaid work, while Martin Tierney, 60, of Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield, was given a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years. He is also expected to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

All six all pleaded guilty last month to a count of keeping a brothel used for prostitution, and were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday.

Chief Inspector Chris Mallett said the venue put lives at risk due to the disorder it was attracting, and vowed police were attempting to " claw back the ill-gotten gains" of those involved.

"Fortunately no one was injured during the firearms or arson offences but brothels often attract wider criminality and organised crime.

"It prompted a lot of concern from within the community and its closure has given them some piece of mind and shows we take such illegal operations seriously.

"Following these court proceedings we will now seek to claw back the ill-gotten gains through the Proceeds of Crime Act. Those who do not pay can expect to see their sentences increased."