A bank card belonging to the previous England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio was used to make funds of £10,000 in a brothel, a courtroom has heard.
The 47-year-old married father of two was additionally interviewed underneath warning by police within the presence of a solicitor as a part of an investigation right into a gang stated to be operating a excessive class prostitution racket and promoting cocaine.
The sports activities star was not arrested nor required to offer proof at a six week trial at Wooden Inexperienced Crown Court docket, North London. No additional motion was taken in opposition to him. It was by no means established what his cash was spent on.
In July 2019, the Metropolitan Police raided the brothel which was being run from a Georgian townhouse in Holborn, central London.
It’s understood Mr Dallaglio’s title was amongst 180,000 credit score and debit card receipts they found contained in the property.
Based on a report in The Solar newspaper, a bag found within the basement of the constructing contained receipts displaying 4 funds which got here to a complete of £10,550 had been made on his bank card in March 22 final yr. It was not identified if he had gone to the brothel, both alone or with anybody else.
They present £3,000 was despatched to an account belonging to Kristian Kodra, an Albanian worker on the brothel, in addition to a complete of £7,550 to a different account owned by Alexandra Galis, the 23-year-old Romanian “madam” of the brothel. Each have been jailed for his or her half in operating the brothel.
Their trial heard that the gang made not less than £400,000 within the six months earlier than the brothel was shut down by police. Punters have been stated to be paying £300 an hour for prostitutes working there.
Detectives consider they have been promoting ‘clients’ the Class A drug cocaine after they discovered boric acid, a chopping agent, inside the home.
Different gadgets seized embrace burner telephones, diaries, bank card fee machines, intercourse toys and paraphernalia related to bondage. A bag full of financial institution playing cards was additionally discovered hid behind paneling in a rest room.
Different receipts instructed some utilizing the brothel have been paying between £80 and £100 for a gram of cocaine.
The sporting star’s alleged funds have been used to point out to the jury that the brothel was earning money from vice and drug dealing.
Hugh Forgan, prosecuting, advised them: “It wasn’t simply intercourse that was on the market there. We are saying cocaine was additionally accessible as effectively and it’s an offence to run a brothel and to promote the Class A drug cocaine.”
A courtroom case in January culminated in Galis being jailed for four-and-a-half years for conspiring to run the brothel and possession of legal property. Her boyfriend, Egert Isaku, a 32-year-old Kosovan Albanian, was jailed for 9 years for dealing medicine.
Kodra, 22, acquired two years’ imprisonment for operating the brothel, however was cleared of drug dealing. Allen Wing Hong Chan, 44 and born in Hong Kong, was jailed 9 years for drug dealing and possession of legal property. Two others have been cleared.
Ricardo Barbosa-Borges, 43, was jailed for 32 months for money-laundering. Mr Dallaglio, now a tv commentator for BT Sport, failed to reply to a request for remark relating to the funds.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman stated: “In November 2019, a 47-year-old was interviewed underneath warning as one line of enquiry within the investigation. He was not arrested, and no additional motion is being taken.”
Mr Dallaglio stepped down as England captain in 1999 shortly after allegations emerged that he had used onerous medicine, together with cocaine and ecstasy, whereas celebrating British Lions’ victory in South Africa two years earlier.
He denied the allegations, insisting the newspaper that reported the claims had been concerned in an “elaborate arrange”.