Tuesday 25 October 2016

'Falsely imprisoned' teenager is placed in State care

Gardai placed woman in care
Gardai placed woman in care

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

Gardai 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 property.


It is understood the 19-year-old teen, 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 gardai visited the west Dublin property.

It was initially being investigated whether the woman was the victim of a human-trafficking ring, and had been brought into Ireland against her will.

However, when gardai called to the property the alleged victim opened the door.

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


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

Gardai have learned that the woman was in London in recent weeks, and are trying to ascertain how she travelled to Ireland.

Sources revealed the woman was not in possession of any valid travel documents. It is not believed that she was physically harmed while staying at the Tyrrelstown address.

Officers from Blanchardstown Garda Station are investigating the alleged false imprisonment case, and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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