Brothel couple let off prison for braving the snow

Posted: December 19, 2010 in Law & Disorder

IlieA former nurse who ran a brothel with her husband were spared jail yesterday – because a judge was impressed snow had not stopped them attending court.

Christine and Merlyn Morgan ran the brothel on a quiet street in Pencoed, near Bridgend, that was only exposed when suspicious neighbours reported it to police. The couple appeared at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced.

Judge Neil Bidder QC said their effort showed their respect for justice and that was one of the reasons he was going to suspend the nine-month prison terms he imposed on the pair.

“Both of you have come today in very inclement weather and that suggests to me that your remorse is genuine and you do have respect for the law,” he said.
The couple had pleaded guilty to keeping a brothel at Blaen y Fro, Pencoed, between July and November last year.

The court heard the bungalow, where all types of clients including the elderly and the disabled were catered for, was in a quiet, residential road.

Defence barrister Jennet Treharne, said Mr Morgan, 58, had been the prime mover behind the enterprise but it had not been intended as a long-term venture. The court heard he marketed the venture on the internet while his wife acted as receptionist.

Mrs Morgan, 52, was described as having an excellent work record in the health service up until June 2009 but suffered anxiety and depression and left her job in June 2009.

Custody, said Judge Bidder, would have an adverse effect on her health and the same went for Mr Morgan, who had long-term diabetes and another illness which caused him great pain. The couple now live at Glasllwch, Newport.

The prison terms were suspended for two years as long as Mrs Morgan completes 100 hours’ unpaid community work and her husband abides by a 8pm-7am curfew for six months.

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