Brothel accused has eight children in five different families, court hears

The man accused of running a brothel in Dublin city centre told investigating gardai that he has eight children in Ireland in five different families.

The man accused of running a brothel in Dublin city centre told investigating gardai that he has eight children in Ireland in five different families.

Mr Martin Morgan (aged 44) told gardaí he was a builder but had no business interest in Ireland and when asked why he preferred living in London he said: "They have nice, friendlier police. Only joking."

Mr Morgan with an address at Blackstock Road, London and formerly of Herbert Road, Blanchardstown has pleaded not guilty to three charges arising out of the allegation.

He denies he organised prostitution, that he acted or assisted in the management of a brothel and that he allowed an apartment at Bacheler's Walk to be used for prostitution on dates from August 22 to October 10, 2005.

Prosecution counsel, Mr Fergal Foley BL, read out transcripts in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court from a garda interview with Mr Morgan several hours after he was arrested at Bachelor's Walk on October 10, 2005.

Mr Morgan told gardaí that the reason he was in Dublin at the time of his arrest was to visit his children and to organise a trip to Australia for one of his sons.

He said he didn't rent a premises at Herbert Lane in the Ballsbridge area of Dublin but that it was rented. A key to the front door of this premises was found in a bundle in the Bachelor's Walk apartment when gardai raided it.

The accused said another person lives at the Herbert Lane premises when he wasn't there. "When I'm there I'm on my own."

The hearing continues before Judge Frank O'Donnell and a jury of eight women and four men.

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