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'PS7m brothel' boss claims: I was providing public service.

Byline: JASBIR AUTHI News Reporter jasbir.authi@trinitymirror.com @JABHAMMAIL

A BRAZEN pensioner who admitted to running a city centre brothel which is reported to have made PS7 million said he was "providing a service to the community."

Achilleos Neophytou, 66, said high calibre professionals such as doctors and lawyers flocked to enjoy the Libra Club in Summer Hill Road before it was shut down by police in February 2015.

Mr Neophytou and five others appeared at Birmingham Crown Court and pleaded guilty to keeping, managing or assisting in the management of a brothel for the purposes of prostitution, a week ago.

After the case, Mr Neophytou, who is on bail, denied it was a brothel and claimed he had lent his ill gotten gains to the Greece Prime Minister Alex Tsipras to help the country out of their current financial crisis.

He said: "People assumed we were making millions. We were working hard, service to the community but other people, they have got different ideas. Solicitors were coming there, lawyers were coming there, doctors were coming there. It was a service to the community. It was not a brothel."

When asked by a reporter from the BBC: "You were running a club where people went to have sex with prostitutes.

Isn't that a brothel?", he replied: "No, because even you, you say it was a brothel, how do you know it was a brothel ?" When asked, "where's the money?", Mr Neophytou said: "Ah, where's the money, that's a good question. Poor Tsipras was running out of money, you know Greece? And we lend them to Tsipras!" Mr Neophytou was in the dock with his son Stefanos Neophytou, 25, whose addresses were withheld by the court.

The other defendants were Marilyn Egan, 65, of Elmwood Court, Pershore Road, Edgbaston; Anita O'Donnell, 55, of Slade Lane, Hall Green; Ogun Olufunlola, 30, of Roseby Street, Spring Hill; and Martin Tierney, 60, of Yew Tree Villas, Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield. At the time of the swoops, police said they suspected the Libra Club was a "highly profitable brothel", with up to 20 women working there at any one time - attracting 200 customers a day.

Sentencing has been adjourned until October 17.

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