Judge rejects State bid to confiscate prostitutes’ cash

A judge has rejected a State application to confiscate the “hard-earned” income of two prostitutes which was stolen and later recovered.

Judge rejects State bid to confiscate prostitutes’ cash

Judge Patrick McCartan made the order at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court following the sentence hearing of a man who robbed the women while pretending to be a client. The judge also praised the courage of the women in trying to stop the accused after the robbery.

Mantas Grazevicius, aged 32, with an address in Manchester but from Lithuania, pleaded not guilty to false imprisonment and robbery of the two women at the Clyde Court Hotel, Lansdowne Rd, Dublin, on July 17, 2013. He was convicted on all counts last month.

Judge McCartan jailed him for three years and backdated it to when Grazevicius went into custody in February 2015 after being returned here on a European arrest warrant.

The court heard the two women had come from the Czech Republic to work for the weekend and had rented a room in the hotel. They had accumulated earnings of about €5,000 in cash, which was hidden in the wardrobe.

Garda Alan Farrell told the court Grazevicius made an appointment with one of the women via the Viber messaging application and arranged to pay €220 for an hour.

At the agreed time, a man arrived and entered the women’s hotel room. He then went back to the door and let in Grazevicius. The unnamed man then pushed one of the women and told them to sit on the bed while Grazevicius began searching the room for money.

Prosecuting counsel Tony McGillicuddy BL asked the €2,675 be forfeited to the State as the proceeds of prostitution.

“Is it open to me to direct the money be returned to the ladies?” Judge McCartan asked before saying that is what he intended to do. “It was hard-earned,” he added.

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