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Dubai flight attendant, 28, charged with attempted suicide after domestic violence

Tori Towey has been charged with drinking alcohol and attempting suicide (Photos: Facebook/Detained in Dubai)

An Irish flight attendant has been jailed in Dubai after being accused of trying to take her own life in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident.

Tori Towey, 28, from Boyle, Co Roscommon, claims she was attacked in her own home and is now banned from leaving the state.

According to legal group Detained in Dubai (DiD), her husband lunged at her with a knife before punching her and trying to crush her hand using a bathroom door.

A spokesperson for the group says the Emirates cabin crew member attempted suicide following the attack, leaving her with severe bruising.

She has been accused of drinking alcohol and attempting suicide. She also cannot return home because her passport has been blocked.

Speaking to the Irish Sun from the rented flat where she lives with her mum Caroline, Tori said: “I’m happy to be with my mum now but I don’t know what’s going to happen in court next week.

“I desperately want to go back to Ireland and leave all this in the past. I am asking the Taoiseach to help us.”

Photos released by Detained in Dubai purportedly showing injuries sustained in the alleged attack (Photo: Detained in Dubai)

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, said: “We are calling on the Dubai authorities to urgently drop the charges against Tori, lift the travel ban and allow her to return to Ireland with her mother.

“She was charged with attempted suicide and drinking alcohol,” Ms Stirling said.

‘Strangely, the UAE has made a huge public relations effort to promote alcohol as legal in the country. In reality, people are still regularly charged with consuming and possessing alcohol.

“Tori’s experience is just tragic and, honestly, she’s lucky to be alive.”

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald raised Ms Towey’s case in the Irish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

“Tori wants to come home, she just does. She’s a Roscommon woman and she wants to come home,” she said.

“I ask now, as a matter of absolute urgency, for a statement from this House, for you, Mr Taoiseach, to intervene, to recall the ambassador and to make a clear and loud statement to the Dubai authorities that no woman should be treated in this way and an Irish citizen, an Irish woman, will not be treated in this way.”

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said he would take action to intervene in Tori’s case (Photo: Facebook)

Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said he was unaware of Ms Towey’s case and thanked Ms McDonald for bringing it to his and Foreign Minister Michael Martin’s attention.

He promised to take action “to intervene and see how we can support the Irish citizen in what seems to me to be a most awful situation.”

Tori’s trial is scheduled for July 18. Tori has been warned she could face a prison sentence, Sky News reports.

Speaking to Sky News, her aunt Ann Flynn said: “She’s doing the best she can.”

She added: “It’s very stressful, stressful for the whole family.” She described her niece as a “beautiful young woman” who “loves to have fun and travel.”

Ms Flynn said: “She got her dream job working for Emirates and was able to continue travelling. She loved Dubai and had a good network of friends there.”

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