Flight attendant breaks silence after being released from custody for ‘attempted suicide’ in…
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Flight attendant breaks silence after being released from custody for ‘attempted suicide’ in…

Jul 11, 2024, 09:11

Flight attendant breaks silence after being released from custody for ‘attempted suicide’ in…

Tori Towey speaks out after being released.

Photo: Stuck in Dubai


An Emirates flight attendant has spoken out for the first time since being released from detention in the United Arab Emirates, where she was accused of attempting suicide following multiple attacks across the country.

Tori Towey, 28, claimed she was the victim of severe physical abuse and attempted suicide when the abuse became too severe. She ultimately survived and was later charged with a felony.

She was banned from leaving the country, meaning she could not return to her native Ireland, human rights group Detained in Dubai said.

However, Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the travel ban had been lifted.

Addressing the Irish Parliament, Mr Harris said: “I have just been informed that the travel ban has been lifted, that the embassy will take Tori to the airport as soon as she is ready to leave and that the embassy will of course continue to follow up on the case which is still active.”

He thanked the Irish Embassy in the United Arab Emirates for their assistance.

Now Ms Towey has broken her silence, saying she is “overwhelmed” by the support from well-wishers.

“Thank you for your support. I really appreciate it,” she said, according to the Irish Sun.

Her Aunt Ann said: “Life is starting over again. All our Christmases are coming together and we are so excited and can’t wait to get home.”

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Ms Towey moved to the United Arab Emirates in April last year but her dream job soon fell apart. She said she was hospitalised after hours of beatings during which her passport was destroyed.

After leaving the hospital, she tried to exchange her documents but it turned out that she was banned from traveling.

Tori Towey is from Ireland and moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2023

Tori Towey is from Ireland and moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2023.

Photo: Stuck in Dubai


Her mother previously said her daughter had gone through “the worst time of her life.”

“The support from the Irish government and the Irish people has been incredible and something we didn’t expect at all,” she told MailOnline.

“It’s a small country and politicians are real people.

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Mrs. Towey claims her husband molested her

Mrs Towey claims she was a victim of violence at the hands of her husband.

Photo: Stuck in Dubai


Radha Stirling, of Detained in Dubai, said: “It is incredible that the authorities did not intervene to protect Tori, given the state of her body when she was first brought to hospital.”

Ms Towey stayed in a hotel for a few days before returning home, hoping the abuse would stop. However, she was attacked again, at which point she attempted suicide.

The woman survived, but when she regained consciousness, she soon learned she faced charges of attempted suicide and alcohol consumption. She was scheduled to appear in court on July 18.

People who are feeling depressed or have suicidal thoughts can call the Samaritans for help on 116 123 or send an email [email protected] in the UK. In the US, call your local Samaritans office or 1 (800) 273-TALK