Woman accused of ‘attempted suicide’ and banned from leaving Dubai breaks silence after traumatic experience
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Woman accused of ‘attempted suicide’ and banned from leaving Dubai breaks silence after traumatic experience

Warning: This article discusses domestic violence and suicide, which may be upsetting to some readers.

An Irish woman accused of “attempted suicide” and banned from leaving Dubai has broken her silence following the traumatic event.

A flight attendant was allegedly attacked in her own home and was unable to leave the United Arab Emirates.

Tori Towey reportedly attempted suicide after the attack. However, she survived and was taken to the police station.

The 28-year-old was charged with attempted suicide and alcohol abuse, which meant her passport was taken away and she was unable to leave the state.

Her case was raised in the Irish Parliament earlier this week, with Taoiseach Simon Harris pledging to “intervene” and support the woman in “the most appalling circumstances”.

Tori Towey lived in Dubai and worked as a flight attendant. (Detained in Dubai)

Tori Towey lived in Dubai and worked as a flight attendant. (Detained in Dubai)

While Towey was unable to leave, her mother flew in to be with her and stayed in a rented apartment while they received help from support group Detained In Dubai.

Harris announced yesterday (July 10) afternoon that the travel ban imposed on her has been lifted.

He added that he had spoken to her and her mother, and that he would “be home soon.”

The prime minister explained: “I have just been informed that the travel ban has been lifted, that the embassy will fly Tori to the airport as soon as she is ready to travel, and that the embassy will of course continue to investigate the matter, which is still ongoing.”

When Towey’s case hit headlines, she said she was “completely overwhelmed” by the number of people who showed her support.

Now able to return to Ireland after diplomatic intervention, she told the Irish Sun: “Thank you for the support. I really appreciate it.”

Towey’s aunt, Ann Flynn, spoke out earlier on their behalf and said the flight attendant and her mother had been trying to stay positive in recent days.

Tori can now leave Dubai. (Detained in Dubai)

Tori can now leave Dubai. (Detained in Dubai)

“They are very upset and can’t wait to get home,” she told RTÉ yesterday morning. “It’s really awful that this has happened to a young woman who was full of life, full of adventure, loved to travel.”

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said he was pleased that Towey “is free to return” and hoped it would happen “as soon as possible”.

He said: “The last few moments were very, very difficult and traumatic for Tori, but I think our team was in contact and working with the family and also with the authorities. The cooperation was constructive and they responded by resolving the issue, which allowed Tory to return home.”

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