Brothel keeper, Sydney Walsh, who lived with 93-year-old mum above central Watford sex sauna, jailed

Watford Observer: Brothel keeper, Sydney Walsh, who lived with 93-year-old mum above central Watford sauna, jailed Brothel keeper, Sydney Walsh, who lived with 93-year-old mum above central Watford sauna, jailed

Brothel keeper Sydney Walsh was jailed for nine months today for running prostitutes from "A Different Sauna" in Watford town centre.

Walsh, 55, lived upstairs in the Market Street property while eight Eastern European women sold sex, at different times, downstairs in number 93.

When police raided the brothel in March last year they found a large number of condoms and double beds.

One of the prostitutes said Walsh was "kind" to the girls. She said she would pay him half of the money from a massage, while she would keep all the money from the sexual services she provided.

Prosecutor Aneurin Brewer told St Albans crown court that two rooms were in use at any one time at the house.

Walsh's 91-year-old mother holds the lease on the building and lives there with her son. A police officer who visited the house last month found a prostitute was still working there.

A jury convicted Walsh of assisting in the management of a brothel. He had no convictions for brothel keeping, but had 17 previous convictions for 33 offences. These included theft and the possession and supply of drugs.

Andrew Campbell, defending, said the prostitutes working at the premises had not been trafficked. He said Walsh, a painter and decorator, now had nothing to do with what was now going on downstairs.

He said there was no evidence that Walsh was living an extravagant lifestyle, and that he did not receive extra payments for the sexual services provided.

Jailing him, Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "This was no massage parlour in the true sense. The girls were offering sex for money. 

"The good people of Watford need to know when people are convicted of running a brothel action is taken. 

"The message has to go out that running a brothel in the centre of Watford is a serious criminal offence and those involved can expect an immediate custodial sentence."

From the dock, Walsh pleaded with the judge: "I realise I have done something wrong. My mother is 91. She needs me very much."

The judge replied: "I have passed an immediate sentence and that is what you will serve."

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3:43pm Fri 18 Jul 14

inside-watford says...

I imagine the Brothel wasn't a part of the towns refurbishment then!!!
I imagine the Brothel wasn't a part of the towns refurbishment then!!! inside-watford
  • Score: 18

4:16pm Fri 18 Jul 14

pepsiman says...

I went there three times last week - its still a lovely place
I went there three times last week - its still a lovely place pepsiman
  • Score: 25

4:39pm Fri 18 Jul 14

steveherts says...

The message has gone out that if you sell class A drugs or break into property thats not as bad as renting out a place for people to have sex lol What a waste of tax payers money, having had a few stabbings round where i live and no one caught i shall sleep much better tonight knowing they arent selling sex in market street .
The message has gone out that if you sell class A drugs or break into property thats not as bad as renting out a place for people to have sex lol What a waste of tax payers money, having had a few stabbings round where i live and no one caught i shall sleep much better tonight knowing they arent selling sex in market street . steveherts
  • Score: 49

1:42am Sat 19 Jul 14

Honest Rog says...

What a waste of our taxes. This man harmed nobody, the girls seemed happy to carry out their business which was seemingly facilitated by Mr Walsh and there's no mention of complaints from customers. So the question is: Just who was harmed by this "crime"?
Little wonder that the rest of the world laugh at the Brit's stuffy attitude to life which is perpetuated by old duffers in wigs imposing their christian fundamentalist values on society.
I hope Mr Walsh appeals against sentence. I'll be happy to chip in.
"Free the Market Street One!"
What a waste of our taxes. This man harmed nobody, the girls seemed happy to carry out their business which was seemingly facilitated by Mr Walsh and there's no mention of complaints from customers. So the question is: Just who was harmed by this "crime"? Little wonder that the rest of the world laugh at the Brit's stuffy attitude to life which is perpetuated by old duffers in wigs imposing their christian fundamentalist values on society. I hope Mr Walsh appeals against sentence. I'll be happy to chip in. "Free the Market Street One!" Honest Rog
  • Score: 28

3:31am Sat 19 Jul 14

bishopofwatford says...

Honest Rog wrote:
What a waste of our taxes. This man harmed nobody, the girls seemed happy to carry out their business which was seemingly facilitated by Mr Walsh and there's no mention of complaints from customers. So the question is: Just who was harmed by this "crime"?
Little wonder that the rest of the world laugh at the Brit's stuffy attitude to life which is perpetuated by old duffers in wigs imposing their christian fundamentalist values on society.
I hope Mr Walsh appeals against sentence. I'll be happy to chip in.
"Free the Market Street One!"
Here here ,i must say it does seem slightly over the top.the only concern being the "staff" were they legal , willing. And treated well ? If so then frankly where is the harm?

As for stuffy old men in wigs imposing their bizarre christian moral on the rest of us well what do expect from a predominantly public school bunch of ex fags ! It would not surprise me is a lot of them needed womankind explained to them!

I for one tho not a frequenter would stand shoulder to shoulder with clients and provided aforementioned conditions were met "staff" ...both have ing the right to participate in consenting adult activities.

Thats quite enough of that , i have a sermon to write and someone has
Dropped chewing gum in my pulpit! COYH,
[quote][p][bold]Honest Rog[/bold] wrote: What a waste of our taxes. This man harmed nobody, the girls seemed happy to carry out their business which was seemingly facilitated by Mr Walsh and there's no mention of complaints from customers. So the question is: Just who was harmed by this "crime"? Little wonder that the rest of the world laugh at the Brit's stuffy attitude to life which is perpetuated by old duffers in wigs imposing their christian fundamentalist values on society. I hope Mr Walsh appeals against sentence. I'll be happy to chip in. "Free the Market Street One!"[/p][/quote]Here here ,i must say it does seem slightly over the top.the only concern being the "staff" were they legal , willing. And treated well ? If so then frankly where is the harm? As for stuffy old men in wigs imposing their bizarre christian moral on the rest of us well what do expect from a predominantly public school bunch of ex fags ! It would not surprise me is a lot of them needed womankind explained to them! I for one tho not a frequenter would stand shoulder to shoulder with clients and provided aforementioned conditions were met "staff" ...both have ing the right to participate in consenting adult activities. Thats quite enough of that , i have a sermon to write and someone has Dropped chewing gum in my pulpit! COYH, bishopofwatford
  • Score: -2

9:02am Sat 19 Jul 14

oldgold says...

Well, I suppose he was certain to be nicked sauna or later.
Well, I suppose he was certain to be nicked sauna or later. oldgold
  • Score: 29

6:56pm Sun 20 Jul 14

oldgold says...

Was Mr Walsh's Ma one of the ladies who offered 'services' to punters? I think we should be told!
Was Mr Walsh's Ma one of the ladies who offered 'services' to punters? I think we should be told! oldgold
  • Score: 6

9:18pm Sun 20 Jul 14

lutondown says...

oldgold wrote:
Was Mr Walsh's Ma one of the ladies who offered 'services' to punters? I think we should be told!
I can recommend her personally.
Now I'm off to change my nappy
[quote][p][bold]oldgold[/bold] wrote: Was Mr Walsh's Ma one of the ladies who offered 'services' to punters? I think we should be told![/p][/quote]I can recommend her personally. Now I'm off to change my nappy lutondown
  • Score: 3

9:19pm Sun 20 Jul 14

lutondown says...

oldgold wrote:
Was Mr Walsh's Ma one of the ladies who offered 'services' to punters? I think we should be told!
As the average age was above 16 it's fair to say employees off the BBC did not sample the wares
[quote][p][bold]oldgold[/bold] wrote: Was Mr Walsh's Ma one of the ladies who offered 'services' to punters? I think we should be told![/p][/quote]As the average age was above 16 it's fair to say employees off the BBC did not sample the wares lutondown
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Mon 21 Jul 14

oldgold says...

Oh come on Wat Obs, do the decent thing and publish a Page Three-type photo of Momma Walsh - so that your devoted readers can reach a considered decision about her sales potential.
Oh come on Wat Obs, do the decent thing and publish a Page Three-type photo of Momma Walsh - so that your devoted readers can reach a considered decision about her sales potential. oldgold
  • Score: 1

11:38am Tue 22 Jul 14

CaptainPC says...

Prostitution is a victimless crime?

Notice all these girls were from abroad. Think how they got here and what they went through to get here. Maybe one morning they thought "Oh I know, I'll go and be a hooker in Watford." That's ok....

Thing is though no one know that 100% and they may well have been co-erced and trafficked.

Make no mistake-Men who use trafficked slaves for sex are rapists. Cowardly rapists at that.

Now the girl you are using might be doing 100% of hewr own free will, but if you don't know for sure, YOU ARE AN ACTIVE ACCESSORY TO RAPE.

You must be very proud.
Prostitution is a victimless crime? Notice all these girls were from abroad. Think how they got here and what they went through to get here. Maybe one morning they thought "Oh I know, I'll go and be a hooker in Watford." That's ok.... Thing is though no one know that 100% and they may well have been co-erced and trafficked. Make no mistake-Men who use trafficked slaves for sex are rapists. Cowardly rapists at that. Now the girl you are using might be doing 100% of hewr own free will, but if you don't know for sure, YOU ARE AN ACTIVE ACCESSORY TO RAPE. You must be very proud. CaptainPC
  • Score: -1

8:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

watford f.c fan says...

bishopofwatford wrote:
Honest Rog wrote:
What a waste of our taxes. This man harmed nobody, the girls seemed happy to carry out their business which was seemingly facilitated by Mr Walsh and there's no mention of complaints from customers. So the question is: Just who was harmed by this "crime"?
Little wonder that the rest of the world laugh at the Brit's stuffy attitude to life which is perpetuated by old duffers in wigs imposing their christian fundamentalist values on society.
I hope Mr Walsh appeals against sentence. I'll be happy to chip in.
"Free the Market Street One!"
Here here ,i must say it does seem slightly over the top.the only concern being the "staff" were they legal , willing. And treated well ? If so then frankly where is the harm?

As for stuffy old men in wigs imposing their bizarre christian moral on the rest of us well what do expect from a predominantly public school bunch of ex fags ! It would not surprise me is a lot of them needed womankind explained to them!

I for one tho not a frequenter would stand shoulder to shoulder with clients and provided aforementioned conditions were met "staff" ...both have ing the right to participate in consenting adult activities.

Thats quite enough of that , i have a sermon to write and someone has
Dropped chewing gum in my pulpit! COYH,
Im confused, all the time and tax payers money for a conviction, Mr walsh is in prison, yet the brothel remains open and very much in use.. If its a prisionable offence, why has the premises not been closed?????.....
And what of the new keeper do they realise it comes with 9 months unpaid holiday, i guess will have to watch this space.
[quote][p][bold]bishopofwatford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Honest Rog[/bold] wrote: What a waste of our taxes. This man harmed nobody, the girls seemed happy to carry out their business which was seemingly facilitated by Mr Walsh and there's no mention of complaints from customers. So the question is: Just who was harmed by this "crime"? Little wonder that the rest of the world laugh at the Brit's stuffy attitude to life which is perpetuated by old duffers in wigs imposing their christian fundamentalist values on society. I hope Mr Walsh appeals against sentence. I'll be happy to chip in. "Free the Market Street One!"[/p][/quote]Here here ,i must say it does seem slightly over the top.the only concern being the "staff" were they legal , willing. And treated well ? If so then frankly where is the harm? As for stuffy old men in wigs imposing their bizarre christian moral on the rest of us well what do expect from a predominantly public school bunch of ex fags ! It would not surprise me is a lot of them needed womankind explained to them! I for one tho not a frequenter would stand shoulder to shoulder with clients and provided aforementioned conditions were met "staff" ...both have ing the right to participate in consenting adult activities. Thats quite enough of that , i have a sermon to write and someone has Dropped chewing gum in my pulpit! COYH,[/p][/quote]Im confused, all the time and tax payers money for a conviction, Mr walsh is in prison, yet the brothel remains open and very much in use.. If its a prisionable offence, why has the premises not been closed?????..... And what of the new keeper do they realise it comes with 9 months unpaid holiday, i guess will have to watch this space. watford f.c fan
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Wed 23 Jul 14

watford f.c fan says...

My question is do they pay tax and n i,contributions like everyone is supposed to employed or self employed?, and the fact its still open really does need to be addressed, and im definatley going to be contacting the local MP office. Lets clean up watford..
My question is do they pay tax and n i,contributions like everyone is supposed to employed or self employed?, and the fact its still open really does need to be addressed, and im definatley going to be contacting the local MP office. Lets clean up watford.. watford f.c fan
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Mon 4 Aug 14

HermanGoering says...

Joy division.
Joy division. HermanGoering
  • Score: 0

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