Air stewardess freed after being 'detained for attempted suicide' in Dubai following 'attack at home'

10 July 2024, 14:07 | Updated: 10 July 2024, 14:18

Simon Harris confirmed that Tori Towey has been released
Simon Harris confirmed that Tori Towey has been released. Picture: Detained in Dubai/Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

An Emirates air stewardess has been freed after being detained in the UAE and charged with attempted suicide following multiple attacks at home.

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Tori Towey, 28, claimed to have suffered severe physical abuse and tried to take her own life after the abuse got too much, but survived and found herself hit with a criminal charge.

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

But Irish premier Simon Harris confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the travel ban had been lifted.

Addressing the Irish parliament, Mr Harris said: "I've 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 go and that the embassy of course will continue to follow up on the case, which is still active as of now."

He thanked the Irish embassy in the UAE for their assistance.

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Ms Towey moved out to the UAE in April last year, but her dream job soon turned sour. She said she was hospitalised after being beaten up for several hours, during which her passport was destroyed.

On getting out of hospital, she tried to replace her documents, but found there was a travel ban against her.

Tori Towey is from Ireland and moved to the UAE in 2023
Tori Towey is from Ireland and moved to the UAE in 2023. Picture: Detained in Dubai

Her mother said she was "desperate to get home" after going through "the worst time of her life".

"The support from the Irish government and the Irish people has been incredible and we weren't expecting it at all," she told MailOnline.

"It's a small country and the politicians are real people. 

"We are both exhausted and desperate to get home. Thank you so much to everyone supporting us."

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Ms Towey says she was abused by her husband
Ms Towey says she was abused by her husband. Picture: Detained in Dubai

Radha Stirling of Detained in Dubai said: "It’s amazing that authorities did not intervene for Tori’s protection, given the state her body was in when she was hospitalised the first time."

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

She survived, but when she came round she soon learned she was facing criminal charges of attempted suicide and alcohol consumption, with a court appearance on July 18.

Her mother has flown out to be with her, and the two are staying together.

Those feeling distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK

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