Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A HUMAN trafficker was jailed for keeping a brothel in Waterford a number of years ago after an undercover garda “posed as a punter” caught him red-handed.

Marian Arsureanu (47), 3 the Quay, in the city, was jailed at the Circuit Court in the city recently for two years and three months for the management of a brothel at his apartment in Waterford.

Since being caught, the accused had moved to Athlone and worked in nearby Roscommon as a van delivery driver.

The father-of-two, who was brought to Ireland on a respite visit from a Romanian charge as a teenager, was charged under s.11 of the Criminal Law Sex Offences Act 1993, from March 26, 2012.

The charge relates to keeping, acting, assisting or managing a brothel.

Sgt John Sheehy told prosecuting counsel Conor Doherty BL, how a sting operation was set up on the date in question.

The sergeant found a number on a website and attended, and having “firstly posed as a punter”, he agreed to pay a sex worker there for certain acts.  When he asked for a second sex worker, she appeared and offered sex acts for money.

All three were subsequently arrested after “two sex rooms” were found, with towels on the beds and “lube and condoms” present.

He told the court that Arsureanu had previously been jailed for five years for a theft offence, along with five years for “trafficking minors”, both in Romania.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly sentenced Arsureanu to three years on one count, which was in the “mid-range” in terms of seriousness.

However, he suspended the final six months for mitigation, as the Romanian had been working, was a father to children in Romania and had been sending money home.  

The offence happened at his former apartment at Apartment 4, No. 3 The Quay, in Waterford city.

Judge O’Kelly said that this was an aggravating factor, and that brothel-keeping amounted to “professional offending” and “not a one-off slip”.

The Quay on Waterford is a “principal thoroughfare” in the city, while “this sort of seedy activity brings down the tone of a distinguished street in the city”.

Conor Roberts BL, defending, told the court that his client had “a very difficult childhood” in Romania and that, somewhat “ironically”, a highlight of which was a trip to Ireland in 1991.

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