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By Jane Hunt
Thursday, December 13, 2012
A couple who made tens of thousands of pounds from running brothels in the eastern region, including one in Norwich, have been ordered to repay just £1 by a judge.
Alexsander Sochacki, 41, and his partner Aleksandra Bryll, 29, were found guilty of conspiring to manage or assist in the management of a brothel Avenue Road in the Golden Triangle area of Norwich and other brothels in Suffolk and Essex at a trial in the summer.
In September Sochacki, was jailed for three years and Bryll, who admitted the same charge, was jailed for 12 months.
But because they already owe £29,000 between them in confiscation orders for previous offences relating to brothels Judge David Goodin, sitting at Ipswich Crown Court, could only issue the nominal order for a £1 under the Proceeds of Crime Act,
At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act , Charles Myatt, prosecuting, said Sochacki and Bryll had both benefited from their offending by £34,160 which had been transferred into their bank account.
The court heard they were both experienced brothel-keepers.
Sochacki, who lived in Harwich, was described as the “directing mind” behind the operation and Bryll assisted him by advertising for females in Poland and placing ads for the brothels in British newspapers.
She had also arranged accommodation for the sex workers and her name was on utility bills for the premises.
Police officers launched a surveillance operation after receiving complaints about different women moving into premises in Ipswich every few weeks and a steady stream of men visiting the premises.
As well as Avenue Road police found brothels in Firmin Close, Gladstone Road, Foxhall Road and London Road in Ipswich and George Williams Close, Colchester.
On an earlier occasion Przemyslaw Wegrzynowski, 41, of Ipswich, who was used as a taxi driver to ferry the sex workers, was given a suspended prison sentence for his part in the conspiracy and Bryll’s sister Eliza Bryll, 24, of Chelmsford, who played a lower-level role, was ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work.
Magdalena Pacula, 22, of London, and Jagoda Kukielka, 26, of Braintree, who worked as prostitutes in the brothels, were each sentenced to 100 hours’ unpaid work for their part in the conspiracy.
Wegrzynowski was found to have benefited by £2,970 and a confiscation order was made in the sum of £147.46 which was seized by police when he was arrested.
Eliza Bryll had benefited by £3,195 and Kukielka by £5,000 but as they have no realisable assets a nominal £1 confiscation order was made in each of their cases.
Pacula had benefited by £6,323 and a confiscation order was made in the sum of £560 which was seized from her by police.