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Thursday 24 July 2014

'Trafficked' man dined on crab and red wine

Ray Managh

Published 04/01/2014|02:30

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'Trafficked' man dined on crab and red wine, court told

A Chinese peasant farmer's son, who claims he was brutally trafficked into Ireland, was pictured on his €500 iPhone eating crab and drinking red wine at a Dublin function, the High Court was told.

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The 36-year-old man has been charged with drugs offences following a raid on a Dublin cannabis growhouse.

He claims he was locked in the Henrietta Street house to water plants he did not realise were cannabis until he was arrested in November 2012.

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Feargal Kavanagh, counsel for the man, made an application for his release on grounds that the State was failing its legal obligations to trafficking victims by prosecuting them for offences carried out under duress.

The man's family borrowed around €20,000 in 2011 and when his father could not repay it, death threats were made against the family.

He said that since arriving in Ireland, most of his pay had been taken to repay the debt.

Kieran Kelly, counsel for the State, was yesterday cross-examining the man about his iPhone photos, which included a visit to Jury's hotel in Galway and meals, including crab and wine, in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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