A credit card belonging to the former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio was used to make payments of £10,000 in a brothel, a court has heard.
The 47-year-old married father of two was also interviewed under caution by police in the presence of a solicitor as part of an investigation into a gang said to be running a high class prostitution racket and selling cocaine.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程The sports star was not arrested nor required to give evidence at a six week trial at Wood Green Crown Court, North London. No further action was taken against him. It was never established what his money was spent on.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程In July 2019, the Metropolitan Police raided the brothel which was being run from a Georgian townhouse in Holborn, central London.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程It is understood Mr Dallaglio’s name was among 180,000 credit and debit card receipts they discovered inside the property.
According to a report in The Sun newspaper, a bag discovered in the basement of the building contained receipts showing four payments which came to a total of £10,550 had been made on his credit card in March 22 last year. It was not known if he had gone to the brothel, either alone or with anyone else.
They show £3,000 was sent to an account belonging to Kristian Kodra, an Albanian employee at the brothel, as well as a total of £7,550 to another account owned by Alexandra Galis, the 23-year-old Romanian “madam” of the brothel. Both were jailed for their part in running the brothel.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Their trial heard that the gang made at least £400,000 in the six months before the brothel was shut down by police. Punters were said to be paying £300 an hour for prostitutes working there.
Detectives believe they were selling ‘customers’ the Class A drug cocaine after they found boric acid, a cutting agent, inside the house.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Other items seized include burner phones, diaries, credit card payment machines, sex toys and paraphernalia associated with bondage. A bag filled with bank cards was also found concealed behind paneling in a toilet.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Other receipts suggested some using the brothel were paying between £80 and £100 for a gram of cocaine.
The sporting star’s alleged payments were used to show to the jury that the brothel was making money from vice and drug dealing.
Hugh Forgan, prosecuting, told them: “It wasn’t just sex that was for sale there. We say cocaine was also available as well and it is an offence to run a brothel and to sell the Class A drug cocaine.”
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程A court case in January culminated in Galis being jailed for four-and-a-half years for conspiring to run the brothel and possession of criminal property. Her boyfriend, Egert Isaku, a 32-year-old Kosovan Albanian, was jailed for nine years for dealing drugs.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Kodra, 22, received two years’ imprisonment for running the brothel, but was cleared of drug dealing. Allen Wing Hong Chan, 44 and born in Hong Kong, was jailed nine years for drug dealing and possession of criminal property. Two others were cleared.
Ricardo Barbosa-Borges, 43, was jailed for 32 months for money-laundering. Mr Dallaglio, now a television commentator for BT Sport, failed to respond to a request for comment regarding the payments.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “In November 2019, a 47-year-old was interviewed under caution as one line of enquiry in the investigation. He was not arrested, and no further action is being taken.”
Mr Dallaglio stepped down as England captain in 1999 shortly after allegations emerged that he had used hard drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, while celebrating British Lions’ victory in South Africa two years earlier.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程He denied the allegations, insisting the newspaper that reported the claims had been involved in an “elaborate set up”.