Prostitutes robbed and beaten by man posing as punter

Two Spanish prostitutes were robbed and beaten in their Limerick brothel after taking a booking from a man posing as a punter, a court heard.

On getting into the brothel, he had access to the security code which allowed two accomplices to follow shortly afterward, armed with knives.

Limerick Circuit Court heard yesterday that the three men ransacked the brothel before fleeing with two laptops, two mobile phones, and €500 in cash.

Nicholas Melato, aged 22, of 79 Kilteragh, Dooradoyle; Andrew Ryan, aged 19, of 8 The Grove, Huntfield, Dooradoyle; and Kenneth Clancy, aged 20, of 5 Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, all pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary.

Detective Garda Vincent Brick said the women, Miss A and Miss B, were in an apartment in the Upper William St area.

At about 8pm on Mar 4, 2011 they got a call from their operator, who set up appointments.

On hearing a knock on the door, Miss A looked through a spy hole and saw Melato. She let him in and Miss B went to a bedroom and closed the door.

Miss A and Melato did not come to an agreement and she got up to let him out. Melato took out his phone and made a call. As Miss A moved toward the door, Ryan and Clancy forced their way in.

Miss A was dragged into a bedroom and the men were shouting “money, money, money”.

Miss A was kicked and punched and Ryan and Clancy opened drawers which contained personal items and €300 cash.

On going out of her room Miss B saw Miss A being assaulted. Miss B screamed for help, ran to her bedroom, and hid.

Det Garda Brick in reply to state prosecutor, John O’Sullivan, said the defendants were identified on CCTV and both women also gave a good description of them to gardaí.

Clancy, who had previous convictions, was jailed for three years for the brothel robbery.

Judge Carroll Moran adjourned sentencing of Ryan and Melato, who had no previous convictions, to July to allow them come up with €1,500 each in compensation and give undertakings to abstain from drunk and drugs for three years.

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