Former postie is jailed for running brothel in Bricket Wood flat

Gateway Court, Bricket Wood

Gateway Court, Bricket Wood - Credit: Archant

A former junior ice hockey coach has been jailed for 22 months in relation to prostitution charges, following a police raid on a Bricket Wood flat that was being run as a brothel.

Police found condoms, sex toys, bondage equipment and two prostitutes when they raided the one-bedroom unit in Gateway Court.

St Albans Crown Court heard last Friday (17) that a list of potential prostitutes with personal details such as their bust sizes, the different services they were offering and a price list was also discovered.

A diary found at the scene had a record of customers’ mobile phone numbers, with their descriptions.

The flat was being run by Peter Davies, a former postman and mobile phone salesman, who also operated a brothel from a flat in Camden Road, North London.

While he was serving a jail sentence for growing cannabis, the operation was run by his girlfriend Aysegul Aydin.

Prosecutor Andrew Johnson said Aydin was arrested by the police after the raid on May 31 2013.

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She told the officers: “I am not running the brothel. It is not an offence for adults to do that sort of thing if they want.”

While out on licence from the drug sentence, Davies was controlling two Romanian prostitutes from the flat in Bricket Wood.

Mr Johnson said that in September 2014 the two women travelled from Portsmouth and began operating from the flat, paying Davies £750 a week rent. They left in November after the electricity was cut off. They were arrested in Newcastle after Davies accused them of theft.

The police discovered that from December 19-22 another prostitute was operating from the flat after responding to an advert Davies had placed on a website.

She was paying him £100 a day rent and was charging punters £80 for half an hour and £130 for an hour.

Davies, 47, of Westleigh Gardens, Edgware, admitted conspiring to control prostitutes for gain between June 18 2012 and June 13 2013 and controlling prostitutes between October 1 2014 and December 21 2014.

He had been sentenced at Harrow crown court for production of cannabis and possession of amphetamine.

Aydin, 33, of The Fairway, London, admitted conspiring to control prostitutes for gain between June 18 2012 and June 13 2013.

Michael Orsulik said Davies, who had been a junior ice hockey coach, had apologised and was working to qualify as a gas engineer.

Marija Bruckovic, for Aydin, said it was Davies who had set up the enterprise in June 2012.

She answered telephones and gave lifts to the girls and was paid a wage. It changed in May 2013 when Davies was jailed and she took over responsibility but remained under his direction.

Judge Stephen Warner told Davies: “There is an element of exploitation involved in these sort of offences. There is an impact on the public - not least the neighbours who have to live in proximity to it.”

He jailed him for 22 months. Aydin received a seven-month sentence suspended for 18 months with 200 hours’ unpaid work.

A confiscation hearing is to be held at a later date.