Two Romanian nationals to stand trial on pimping charges
Two Romanian nationals are to stand trial accused of controlling prostitution in Northern Ireland.
In the dock yesterday at Belfast Crown Court were Ionut Ilie and Ancuta Schwarz.
Ilie (34), whose address was given as 11 BL 8SCA, Bucharest, pleaded not guilty through an interpreter to two counts of controlling prostitution, one charge of trafficking a female out of the United Kingdom, and a charge of conspiracy to remove criminal property out of Northern Ireland to Romania through Western Union money transfers.
Ilie said through an interpreter: "I have already served four years in prison in Sweden for these offences."
The offences were alleged to have been committed on dates between March 1, 2011 and April 30, 2013.
Schwarz (30) pleaded not guilty to the same four charges.
She also denied a fifth offence of removing criminal property from Northern Ireland to Romania by money transfer, namely £4,178 in cash.
Judge Gordon Kerr set the trial date for September 6.