Monday 18 November 2019

Woman 'locked inside' cannabis grow-house brings challenge to be declared human trafficking victim

The growhouse was found during a search of an industrial estate in Glasnevin
The growhouse was found during a search of an industrial estate in Glasnevin

Tim Healy

A 54-year-old Vietnamese woman allegedly found locked inside a cannabis grow-house in Dublin has brought a legal challenge to a refusal to declare she is the victim of human trafficking.

The woman was arrested when gardai carried out a search of an industrial estate at Lagan Road in the Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin.

The woman was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis and having it for the purposes of sale or supply on November 20, 2012.

She later applied to be declared a victim of human trafficking but this was refused in 2013

Her lawyers then brought a High Court challenge seeking to quash that decision on grounds including that the State failed to comply with its obligations under EU regulations on human trafficking. 

They say when she was found inside the grow house premises, the doors were locked from the outside and gardai had to break them down to gain entry.

The case is against the chief superintendent of the Garda Immigration Bureau, the DPP and the State who deny the claims.

The hearing continues before Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley.

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