Court shown footage of alleged brothel

A jury in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has been shown video footage of the garda raid on an alleged brothel call centre in the International Financial Services Centre area of the city in October 2005.

A jury in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has been shown video footage of the garda raid on an alleged brothel call centre in the International Financial Services Centre area of the city in October 2005.

The video showed a large number of Nokia mobile phones vibrating in a kitchen drawer of the apartment at Malton House in the early hours of October 10, 2005. It showed handwritten posters listing numbers for Dublin hotels and procedures for making "call-outs" stuck to the furniture of the apartment.

Detective Garda Kenneth Donnelly displayed some of the items he found in the apartment that were shown on the video to prosecution counsel, Mr Fergal Foley BL. He read out business instructions written on sheets of paper in a pink Playboy folder, including: "No-one is to come inside the apartment or know that we're here".

He read out the rules for answering calls which said to give general descriptions of the girls eg "Redhead from Poland" but add further detail on request, eg "32E bust and tiny size 8 waist, stands at 5ft 6" and only 21."

Det. Garda Donnelly said there was a separate instruction outlining that the phone marked "666" be used only for texting and calling clients.

He read from a page containing lists of magazines and websites with the monthly cost of putting advertisements onto these sources.

He agreed with defence counsel, Mr Sean Gillane BL, that some of the sheets were smeared with a purple coloured forensic substance used to lift fingerprints and the only fingerprints found were of Ms Deena Edridge.

Ms Edridge was convicted of allowing the apartment at Bachelor's Walk to be used as a brothel and was the alleged consort of the man accused of running the operation.

Mr Martin Morgan (aged 44) 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 Bachelor's Walk to be used for prostitution on dates from August 22 to October 10, 2005.

It was day twelve of the trial.

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

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