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'I'm no pimp!'

By Ciaran McGuigan, Chief Reporter

Published 28/08/2005

AN ULSTERMAN whose identity was stolen by a big-time pimp in the Dublin vice trade, last night told how he was the victim of a vicious smear campaign.

AN ULSTERMAN whose identity was stolen by a big-time pimp in the Dublin vice trade, last night told how he was the victim of a vicious smear campaign.

Innocent Robert Weir, from Randalstown, Co Antrim, yesterday said: "I'm no pimp, I've been set up."

Mr Weir's strenuous denials came after the Gardai, and various media outlets were sent information about a prostitution racket being operated out of a number of plush Dublin apartments, under the name Fair City Escorts.

A website advertising Fair City Escorts was registered in Mr Weir's name, and to the address of the home he previously shared with his now estranged wife Ursula - at Drumslough Road, outside Randalstown.

The elaborate smear campaign against Mr Weir, also included anonymous phone calls to his employers, telling him he was involved in the vice trade.

He believes the dirty tricks campaign against him is being waged by a former pal, with whom he had a major bust-up.

Mr Weir told Sunday Life: "I can assure you, it's got nothing to do with me.

"If I was going to set up a prostitution website, I wouldn't use my own name.

"Whoever has done this has really done a number on me.

"They are doing it to cause problems for me.

"My boss has been contacted as well, and told that I am involved in prostitution.

"There were phone calls made saying I was involved in prostitution, but my employer dismissed it, and never even told me about it, until I spoke to him about this.

"But, I have an idea who is behind this.

"I think this was (a former pal) who has done this.

"He would have my name and home address details, and he is very much involved in the internet.

"And we parted on not the best of terms."

Mr Weir's details were used to register a website, in England.

The website, which was closed down by the internet service provider last week, advertised a number of prostitute services based in and around Dublin.

The person behind the site - which boasted a presence in London and New York, as well as Dublin - also advertised on a number of other escort websites.

A message from the website owner posted on the internet, last Thursday, announced that Fair City Escorts was no longer in business due to "circumstances outwith our control".

Mr Weir says his name has been the victim of identity fraud before, after English property companies contacted him for rental payments on apartments in the Midlands and London, which he knew nothing about.

"After a short conversation with them they were satisfied that it wasn't me."

He was last night considering going to the police in Dublin and in England, where the website is based, to complain about his details being used falsely.

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