A PENSIONER who ran a brothel for almost a decade from the ground floor of a Glasgow flat has been ordered to pay almost £43,000.

Isabella Qazi, 72, operated the sex den – fronting as a massage parlour – between 2003 and 2012, hiring mature women.

But, after years of being “discreet”, the police found out about the ground-floor tenement flat on Birkenshaw Street in Glasgow’s Dennistoun area, and the cover was blown.

Qazi, from Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, denied managing the East End brothel.

She claimed she ran a massage parlour and knew nothing of the extra services offered to punters who made appointments.

But the jury at Glasgow Sheriff Court rejected her defence and she was unanimously found guilty.

Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell admonished Qazi after deferring sentence for her to be of good behaviour. A confiscation order for her to pay £42,973 was also granted at the court.

During her trial the court heard from a number of men who frequented the flat over the years. Some were regular customers and visited the premises several times a year.