Samantha Azzopardi is a ‘lovely girl who had issues’ – former boss
A former boss of mystery girl Samantha Azzopardi has described her as "a lovely girl who had issues".
Chris Nunes, who was Ms Azzopardi’s manager in a restaurant in southwest Sydney, said she recognised Ms Azzopardi's face on television when Irish police released pictures of the 25-year-old..
"She used to work here for us. I saw [the photo of her] last night and then this morning I heard them say her name and I was like 'oh my God it is her'," Ms Nunes said.
Ms Azzopardi, who had relatives living in Sydney, worked in the restaurant two years ago for four or five months.
"I knew that she had some issues, that's why we let her go.
"She was a lovely girl. There was nothing I could say that she was a horrible person or anything, that's why I gave her the opportunity.
"When she left here she said she was going to travel overseas."
Azzopardi also has convictions in Queensland relating to false representations and forgery, according to The Mercury newspaper in Australia.
She was convicted in the Brisbane Magistrates Court in 2010 on two charges of making false representations, one charge of possession of a thing with intent to forge documents and one charge of contravening directions.
She was fined $500, to be paid if she reoffended in the following 12 months.