Brothel keeper loses appeal against conviction

The Court of Criminal Appeal has dismissed a man's appeal against his conviction for running a Dublin city-centre brothel operation.

Brothel keeper loses appeal against conviction

The Court of Criminal Appeal has dismissed a man's appeal against his conviction for running a Dublin city-centre brothel operation.

Martin "The Beast" Morgan (aged 47) was convicted at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in February 2008 of organising prostitution and running a brothel.

Judge Frank O'Donnell jailed Morgan for three years and fined him €24,000 after a jury returned a unanimous guilty verdicts that he organised prostitution and ran a brothel at a Bachelor's Walk apartment on dates from August 22 to October 10, 2005.

Today the three-Judge CCA comprised of Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan, Mr Justice Michael Hanna and Mr Justice Brian McGovern dismissed all grounds of Morgan's appeal.

Morgan, formerly of Blacksheep Road, Blanchardstown, and with addresses at Blackstock Road, London, and at Herbert Lane, Ballsbridge, denied three charges. He appealed against his conviction on grounds including that search warrants used were defective.

It was also claimed that documentation showing work rosters, lists of names, monetary sum, Internet advertising and printouts re sexual services used in the trial was inadmissible as it showed previous bad character or the commission of other offences.

Following Morgan's conviction Judge O'Donnell described the operation as "A magnificent operation, highly sophisticated and highly rewarding and not a petty little business working on a shoestring".

The operation was targeted in a garda investigation into organised criminal prostitution called "Quest". He was released from prison last year.

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