Man held knife during robbery of two Brazilian escorts at Roscommon apartment

A Romanian man will be sentenced later this month for his role in the robbery of two sex workers in Roscommon last year.

Samuel Pop, with an address in Castlerea prison, pleaded guilty to the production of a knife and handling stolen goods arising from the incident at an apartment in Roscommon last October involving the two escorts.

Roscommon Circuit Court heard that two Brazilian sex workers, a man and a woman, rented an apartment in Roscommon town in October last year for one week.

On the 28th of the month, the woman received a phonecall looking to arrange a meeting that evening from a man.

At approximately 8.10pm the woman heard a knock on the door and two men then burst into the apartment.

Andre Tigansu and Ioan Galben, who have also pleaded guilty to involvement in the incident, will be sentenced later this month.

The court heard one of the men punched the female sex worker in the face and the woman was also kicked in her back.

Both sex workers were then led into a bedroom and items such as phones, an Ipad and €1,300 were taken while a knife was produced.

Mr. Pop entered the apartment ten minutes after the other two men and the court heard he held a knife. The men then left and gardaí were alerted to the incident three days later.

Mr. Pop was subsequently stopped in Dublin on November 10th and Gardai conducted searches that week and were able to locate some of the stolen property as well as arresting and charging the two other men.

The court heard the 26 -year-old has no previous convictions and no victim impact statements were prepared and the court heard that the woman is in fear, as her passport, taken in the incident, has not been located.

Mr. Pop has been in custody since last November when he was arrested and the court heard he had been working as a tiler since his arrival to Ireland in August 2015.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court again on June 24th for finalisation of the sentence.