PC pleads guilty to let­ting lady­boy run kinky sex den

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By AN­GELA WORMALD

A COR­RUPT po­lice of­fi­cer al­lowed a Thai transvestite to run a brothel from his apart­ment.

Philip Tate pleaded guilty to two counts of mis­con­duct af­ter he let lady­boy pros­ti­tute Wi­rat Tang­hai run a knock­ing shop at his his city cen­tre flat.

Po­lice be­came aware of the brothel as they probed the ac­tiv­i­ties of Tate, 38, who was also caught get­ting a Norwegian body­builder to pro­vide him with steroids and nee­dles.

Tate was orig­i­nally charged with keep­ing a brothel, be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of steroids and money laun­der­ing, but those charges were dropped af­ter he pleaded guilty to mis­con­duct.

Work­ing

Tang­hai ad­mit­ted run­ning the brothel in New­cas­tle.

The pros­e­cu­tion told New­cas­tle Crown Court: “Tang­hai came to the at­ten­tion of Northum­bria po­lice mainly be­cause of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­tiv­i­ties of PC Tate.

“PC Tate has pleaded guilty to two counts of mis­con­duct, one of which in­cluded not telling his su­pe­ri­ors of his knowl­edge of Tang­hai’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

“He was a transvestite pros­ti­tute and took up res­i­dence at a flat owned by PC Tate.”

The court heard that Tang­hai moved into the apart­ment in June last year and started work­ing as a pros­ti­tute.

He al­lowed a fe­male Thai pros­ti­tute to move in and the po­lice­man’s flat was turned into a brothel.

Mr Git­tins said: “It be­came clear to other ten­ants in the block of flats to­wards the end of 2011 that a brothel was oper­at­ing.

“There were reg­u­lar male vis­i­tors and com­plaints were made to the au­thor­i­ties.”

Cops swooped and the fe­male pros­ti­tute was ar­rested and de­ported.

Tate, of Fen­ham, New­cas­tle, then moved Tang­hai to an­other ad­dress near the city’s Quay­side, where sex was sold.

Tang­hai, who has in­def­i­nite leave to stay in the UK be­cause he is in a civil part­ner­ship with a man in Lon­don, was ar­rested at an­other ad­dress this year when the wider probe into Tate con­cluded.

The 29-year-old, of Crys­tal Palace, Lon­don, pleaded guilty to keep­ing a brothel and was fined £500.

Tate was re­leased on bail and will be sen­tenced in De­cem­ber.

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