Red-faced coun­cil­lor caught in po­lice raid on brothel

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A COUN­CIL­LOR was dis­cov­ered in­side a brothel “cov­ered in lip­stick” when po­lice were car­ry­ing out a search, a court heard.

Merthyr Tyd­fil Crown Court heard yes­ter­day that a war­rant was ex­e­cuted by po­lice on May 8, 2015, at a prop­erty in a res­i­den­tial area of the town. The prop­erty in Re­gent Street, Dowlais, had been used as a brothel for around a year.

Leon Hall, 36, ap­peared in the dock for sen­tenc­ing af­ter pre­vi­ously plead­ing guilty to one count of keep­ing a brothel used for pros­ti­tu­tion.

The court heard the fa­ther-of-three pre­vi­ously worked in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and had “rea­son­ably well-paid” em­ploy­ment.

Christo­pher Rees, pros­e­cut­ing, said po­lice searched the prop­erty, run by Hall, in May 2015.

The court heard that a man called Brent Carter was in­side the prop­erty. Mr Rees said Mr Carter ar­rived at the prop­erty, where the door was an­swered by a woman.

They both went in­side and within a few min­utes po­lice had also en­tered the prop­erty.

Mr Rees told the court Mr Carter was “cov­ered in lip­stick”.

Speak­ing of the gen­eral use of the brothel, Mr Rees said: “Neigh­bours de­scribed see­ing men ar­riv­ing there all hours of the day and night and de­scribed hear­ing sex­ual ac­tiv­ity at the ad­dress.”

As part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, around £4,000 in cash was also re­cov­ered from a sep­a­rate prop­erty in Bea­con Heights, Merthyr Tyd­fil, which was stored in shoe­boxes.

“Nine Re­gent Street was a brothel be­ing used by a num­ber of women to sell sex­ual ser­vices”, Mr Rees said.

“Mr Hall [was] tak­ing a fee in re­la­tion to the work un­der­taken by the ladies – about a third.”

Hall, of Heath­land Way, Llan­darcy, Neath, was sen­tenced to 10 months, sus­pended for a year, and or­dered to com­plete 180 hours’ un­paid work.

Coun Carter, a Welsh Labour coun­cil­lor for the Ply­mouth ward on Merthyr Tyd­fil coun­cil, did not wish to comment when con­tacted.

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