Sunday 19 January 2020

Teen is taken into state care while gardaí examine 'false imprisonment'

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Martin Grant

A Hungarian teenager who is at the centre of an alleged false-imprisonment case has been placed in the care of the State.

Gardaí are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident which occurred at an address in Tyrrelstown, west Dublin on Tuesday afternoon when officers called to a residential home.

It is understood that a teenage woman, who was staying in the house, contacted her relatives in her native Hungary, who subsequently informed local police.

Hungarian police then informed their colleagues in Ireland and gardaí visited the Dublin property.


Initially, they were investigating with a view to discovering whether or not the woman in question was the victim of a human-trafficking ring and had been brought into Ireland against her will.

However, when gardaí called to the property, it was the alleged victim herself who opened the door.

A man aged in his late 20s, who was arrested in relation to the investigation, has since been released from garda custody without charge.

It has emerged that the Hungarian woman is now in state care while garda investigations continue.

Gardaí have learned that the woman was in London in the last number of weeks and are trying to ascertain how she travelled to Ireland.

Sources revealed that the woman was not in possession of any valid travel documents.

It is not believed by gardaí that she was physically harmed while staying at the Tyrrelstown address.

Officers from Blanchardstown Garda Station are investigating and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Irish Independent

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