Moonlighting officer probed for escort work

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 November, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 November, 1994, 12:00am

POLICE are continuing their investigations into the inspector who moonlighted as a gigolo for the high-class Europea escort agency.

The middle-aged inspector, who is married with children, went back to his office in Aberdeen last week to discuss the allegations with his bosses. He refused to comment on his work with the agency when contacted by the Sunday Morning Post yesterday.

'I have no questions to answer,' he repeatedly said.

'I have not been suspended, I'm on sick leave.' The officer was found to be on the staff of Europea when details of the agency's activities became public following an attack on its boss, Roberta Hilburn.

Ms Hilburn, 51, was found lying in a bloodstained bed in her Wan Chai flat. She had been badly beaten and stabbed after appearing on the front page of a Chinese magazine wearing only a towel and straddling a customer while rubbing massage oil into his chest. Terrified Europea staff fled the building following the attack but the agency has resumed full operation.

Ms Hilburn is known to have sent escorts to wealthy and important clients, including leading figures in the judiciary, legal profession, government and business community.

A colleague of the inspector said the internal investigations into his agency work could 'take some time'.

'He has been told by his superiors not to speak to the press while the investigations are continuing,' said the colleague.

'He is taking this extremely badly and hopes for a quick end to the whole business. He has been under severe stress because of all this.' Police officers are forbidden to moonlight and the inspector faces disciplinary action if found in breach of his civil service contract.

When contacted yesterday, a telephonist at the agency said it was 'business as usual'.

'We have lots of Western girls on our books,' the telephonist told an undercover reporter. 'Just tell us which hotel you are in and we can have one at your room in less than 30 minutes.

'The basic price is $1,000, which includes two hours with the girl and a basic massage. If you require anything else, you'll have to discuss it with the girl concerned. We are just an escort agency.'