Naas courthouse, where the case was heard
The State has been granted the right to take a couple of hundred euros it says it found in a Kildare-based brothel.
At a recent sitting of Naas District Court, Garda Inspector Mel Smith made a police property application to have €240 forfeited by the State.
The money, he said, was found following a raid on the brothel.
Four females, with eastern European names, were named in the property application but were not present in court.
Commenting on the sum found by the Gardaí, Judge Desmond Zaidan said the amount was very small.
“Things must be desperately bad,” he said.
The location of the brothel was not identified in court.
However, Garda sources have told the Leader that it was in Sallins and that the four women named in the application had left the State.
It is not the first time that brothel allegations have been linked with Sallins.
In an unconnected case in September 2015, a woman appeared before the District Court in Naas charged in connection with prostitution offences. The woman, in her forties, with a Dublin address, appeared on two charges relating to a property in Sallins on October 2014.
One was allegedly living on the earnings of prostitution.
The second allegation was that she allowed an apartment to be used as a brothel.
Last October 2015, the woman was convicted on the first, earnings, charge only. She was given a five-month prison sentence.
This is currently under appeal to the Circuit Court.