Jailed Selkirk man and madame who ran sex ring to appeal

Rob Munro:ex- Selkirk
Rob Munro:ex- Selkirk
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Jailed brothel keepers Rob Munro, formerly from Selkirk, and Margaret Paterson from Edinburgh are appealing their convictions and jail terms.

Munro, 61, and Paterson, 60, were jailed for five years after their conviction at the High Court in Edinburgh of living off a prostitution racket.

Their brothel was adjacent to their homes in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh but women were driven to meet clients across Scotland and parts of England.

Police who rumbled the racket that had gone on for 10 years found £204,000 in cash and evidence the pair had laundered £700,000.

A jury convicted them of living off immoral earnings as well as proceeds of crime charges.

When he jailed them, Judge O’Grady commented: “It has been a remarkable operation in its scope, sophistication and organisation – not to mention its profitability.”

Munro and Paterson believed they weren’t law breakers and were providing a public service for people who were willing to pay for sex.

Papers indicating their intention to appeal against both conviction and sentence have now been lodged at the Justiciary Office at the Court of Session.

There has been no date fixed for any appeal hearing. A move by the Crown for confiscation of assets is scheduled to be heard next week.

Munro operated a chip shop on Selkirk High Street for many years and piped with the local band and at functions.