Caught in the act: Councillor Brent Carter of Merthyr Tydfil council was discovered by police at a brothel ‘covered in lipstick’
A Labour politician was found ‘covered in lipstick’ in a brothel littered with Durex products and used by numerous prostitutes during a police raid.
Councillor Brent Carter was discovered by police at a house which was being used for prostitution in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales in in May 2015.
The politician’s presence at the property emerged during a sentencing hearing for pimp Leon Hall, 36, who pleaded guilty to keeping a brothel used for prostitution, The Sun report.
Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard that the Merthyr Tydfil councillor arrived at the door of the property, which was opened by a woman.
Police raided the premises after Mr Carter went inside with the woman where they and found him ‘covered in lipstick’, Christopher Rees, prosecuting, told the court.
Police also found a number of Durex products, including Durex play gel.
‘Neighbours described seeing men arriving there all hours of the day and night and described hearing sexual activity at the address,’ Mr Rees told the court.
He said that the brothel was ‘being used by a number of women to sell sexual services.’
An image of Regent Street in Dowlais where the police raid took place on a property which was being used for prostitution
He said that the pimp took a fee of about a third for the women’s work at the brothel.
Defending lawyer, Andrew Taylor, said the clientele who used the brothel ‘had a degree of vetting’.
Leon Hall, 36, from Neath, was sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court to 10 months in prison – suspended for a year – after admitting keeping a brothel used for prostitution
He said: ‘Councillor Brent Carter, a man who holds office, a man who went there, who decided to go there of his own volition, a man who went there because he trusted the premises.
‘It underlines how, if you like, responsible Mr Leon Hall was in vetting people who went to these premises.
‘The people who went there were not a threat.’
Hall previously held a well paid job in the construction industry before renting the property in which women would sell sexual services while he took a cut of the money.
The dad-of-three was sentenced by the court to 10 months in jail, suspended for one year and ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.
When the brothel was searched in 2015, Merthyr Tydfil Council head of public protection and planning said: ‘The evidence from South Wales Police clearly showed that residents in the area had been experiencing nuisance at all times of the day and night including the early hours of the morning and that it was causing significant distress.’
Brent Carter chose not to comment when contacted.