Jailed brothel boss in wedding bagpipes bid

Margaret Paterson and Robert Munro were each sentenced to five years imprisonment at the High Court earlier this year following conviction for offences linked to the sex trade.
Margaret Paterson and Robert Munro were each sentenced to five years imprisonment at the High Court earlier this year following conviction for offences linked to the sex trade.
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A JAILED brothel boss insists he has no plans to return to the sex trade when he’s freed – because he wants to play the bagpipes at weddings.

Robert Munro was locked up for five years in June after being convicted of running a West End prostitution racket.

As he was slapped with a rare court order yesterday demanding he reveal his assets, Munro’s lawyer revealed his client’s ambitions for life after prison.

Munro and Margaret Paterson – known as “Miss Moneybags” – who ran the Grosvenor Street sex empire, returned to the High Court in Edinburgh, where they were told they will have to reveal their income and substantial spending over an eight-year period.

If they fail to comply with the order, imposed for only the second time in Scottish legal history, the pair could face a fresh jail sentence.

During the hearing, prosecutor Iain McSporran argued that it would be “relatively simple” for Munro and Paterson, both 61, to resume their AaBella Escorts business, estimated to have made them £1 million.

But Cameron Tait, solicitor advocate for Munro, said his client had no intention of becoming involved in an escort agency again and said the bagpipe player wanted to play Scottish music at social functions on his release.

Judge Michael O’Grady, who heard their earlier trial, said he was satisfied the new orders should be made and called for an initial report to be delivered by the end of January next year.

The judge said: “It is, of course, far from unusual for the court to impose an extended period of supervision following conviction.”

He said Paterson and Munro had engaged in a sophisticated course of criminal conduct over many years.

The move was opposed by lawyers acting for the pair, with Edward Targowski QC, for Paterson, claiming that the Crown’s argument in her case was “disingenuous”.

“She is a first offender. She has been sentenced to a lengthy period of imprisonment which has had an effect upon her,” he said

“Her assets are going to be investigated by the Crown. It may be her whole assets are sequestrated by the Inland Revenue.”

Mr Targowski maintained that there was “no indication” that Paterson was going to commit a further offence.

When police raided the West End premises in September 2011, they found sex toys, designer gear and evidence that Paterson had gone on a £460,000 spending spree in some of the Capital’s most exclusive shops.