5-year sex worker ban for car­a­van ‘brothel’ owner

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for some time.

A sec­ond per­son, Thumma Pea­cock, 58, of the same ad­dress, was not in court.

She is said to be in Thai­land and was ex­pected to re­turn in the next few days.

The mat­ter against her was ad­journed for two weeks.

Mak­ing the order, District Judge Gwyn Jones said he was sat­is­fied the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the court made it nec­es­sary to pro­tect per­sons at risk of be­ing traf­ficked or ex­ploited in the sex in­dus­try.

He said: “You were fully aware what the car­a­van was used for and you were associated with the sec­ond per­son.”

Gareth Pre­ston, for North Wales Po­lice, said of­fi­cers at­tended the car­a­van and found two fe­males, aged 49 and 50, from Thai­land in­side.

He said: “They both ad­mit­ted be­ing at the car­a­van for sex work and a search un­cov­ered items used in pros­ti­tu­tion. A quan­tity of cash was also found.”

One of the women told of­fi­cers she paid Wil­liams rent of £200 a week and had paid him £20 for a lift from a rail­way sta­tion.

Mr Pre­ston said Pea­cock had been in a re­la­tion­ship with Wil­liams and had pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for rel­e­vant of­fences. He said in 2015 she had pleaded guilty to run­ning a brothel in Ban­gor.

Eil­ian Wil­liams, de­fend­ing, said the ap­pli­ca­tion was agreed and his client had a ‘re­al­is­tic view’ given the weight of the ev­i­dence.

He added Wil­liams had been in a form of a re­la­tion­ship with Pea­cock.

“This has been to his detri­ment. For what­ever rea­son he has not asked im­por­tant ques­tions of her,” the so­lic­i­tor said.

Speak­ing af­ter the hear­ing, De­tec­tive Sergeant An­drew Davies said: “We wel­come the grant­ing by the court of this STRO to­day. It is a first for North Wales Po­lice, and un­der­lines our com­mit­ment to mak­ing our force area the safest place to live in the United King­dom.”

■ Alun Wil­liams, from Bod­ed­ern, An­gle­sey was slapped with tough new re­stric­tions. Be­low, his car­a­van that was associated with pros­ti­tu­tion and hu­man traf­fick­ing

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