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Cheltenham man and wife face brothel charges

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

A 33-year-old Cheltenham man and his Chinese wife are facing charges of managing brothels at five addresses in the town, it was revealed today.

Barry Champion and his wife Ailing Zhuang, 41, of Berkeley Street, were remanded in custody until February 14 and a jury trial was fixed to start on March 4.

The five charges were due to be put to the pair at Gloucester Crown Court so they could make their pleas.

However, a Mandarin interpreter failed to arrive at court to assist Zhuang and the case was adjourned for three weeks.

The charges allege that the duo managed or assisted in the management of brothels at addresses in Leckhampton Place, Prestbury Road, Suffolk Place, Hewlett Road and Pittville Lawn.

The charges cover a four year period between October 2008 and September last year.

Prosecutor Rupert Lowe told the court that part of the evidence against the couple would be a large file of surveillance pictures 'showing the frequency of activity by different girls using the premises - and also different men'. 

Ms Zhuang came to Britain from China in 2007 and married her husband in 2008. They have one son.

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