Father and son admit brothel charges

Published Thursday, 08 May 2014
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A Co Antrim father and son have pleaded guilty to charges arising from an undercover police operation into brothel keeping across Northern Ireland.

Father and son admit brothel charges
The two men admitted a charge each in connection with brothel keeping. (© UTV)

Marina boss Robert Weir, 56, of Drumsough Road, Randalstown, pleaded guilty to a single count of running or managing a brothel in Belfast and at various locations across the region.

His son Matthew Weir, 28, of Churchview, Randalstown, pleaded guilty to one charge of aiding and abetting his father in the running or managing of the brothels.

Prosecuting counsel Kate McKay asked deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC for eight further charges against Robert Weir of conspiracy to control prostitution for gain, conspiracy to keep a brothel for prostitution and trafficking women for prostitution within UK to be "left on the books not to be proceeded without the leave of this court or the Court of Appeal".

The prosecutor also asked for two charges against Matthew Weir of conspiracy to control prostitution for gain and conspiracy to keep a brothel for prostitution be left on the books "on the same terms".

Ms McKay told the court that charges relating to the Proceeds of Crime Act had yet to be resolved.

Judge Philpott QC ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing until next month.

"Hopefully that will allow time for the issues relating to the Proceeds of Crime Act charges to be resolved or at least let us know where we are going."

The deputy Belfast Recorder also ordered the defence legal teams to return tapes of the undercover surveillance carried out on the father and son during the course of the investigation by the PSNI's Organised Crime Branch.

"I am sure these officers are still carrying out these duties. I don't want their work compromised," added Judge Philpott.

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