Five people charged after brothel raid in west Dublin

The five individuals arrested after a raid at a brothel in west Dublin
The five individuals arrested after a raid at a brothel in west Dublin

THREE women and two men have appeared in court on brothel-keeping charges following a garda raid on an apartment in west Dublin.

The five Romanian nationals were all remanded in custody with consent to bail.

Enla Ionela Tudor (26), Alina Barbyesca (21), Castela Aura Nica (22), Daniel State (29) and Remus Popartac (27) are each charged with one count of acting or assisting in the management of a brothel on August 20.

The charge, under the Sexual Offences Act, alleges that they knowingly permitted a premises at Alexander Court, Tallaght, to be used for the purpose of habitual prostitution.

Garda Kieran Kilcoyne told Dublin District Court he was objecting to bail because the defendants, who were not known to gardai, had no fixed addresses and he believed that they were "serious flight risks".

Defence solicitor Tracy Horan said the accused could stay at a hotel in Dublin 7, adding a friend of theirs had booked them in.

Garda Kilcoyne said the women had been in the country for six months and had been regularly moved to different apartments. No money was found at the apartment.

Garda Kilcoyne said Mr State, one of the women's partners, said after caution: "It's not true, I didn't do anything like that."

Mr Popartac made no reply when charged. Evidence of the women's replies was given previously.

Judge Michael Walsh granted all five accused bail, with cash lodgements of up to €1,500 required. Among the conditions are that they reside at the hotel, sign on daily at the Bridewell Garda Station and must observe a curfew.

The court heard all five had been evicted from the apartment in question by the property management company.

Andrew Phelan