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Flight attendant could be jailed in Dubai after ‘attack in her own home’

Flight attendant could be jailed in Dubai after ‘attack in her own home’

A Dubai flight attendant could face jail time after she allegedly came “close to death” following an attack by her husband in her home.

Tori Towey, 28, from Co Roscommon in Ireland, is accused of breaking strict laws in the Muslim country, despite being the victim of the alleged attack. Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald identified Ms Towey’s husband as the alleged perpetrator on Tuesday, July 9, saying she had been the victim of “the most egregious domestic violence”.




Human rights activists said Tori tried to leave the UAE after receiving hospital treatment for severe bruising and other injuries but was detained. She was later charged with attempted suicide and drinking alcohol.

Activist group Detained in Dubai warned that Tori could now face a lengthy prison sentence in a prison known for “human rights abuses and torture” and called on the Dublin government to take action to have the charges dropped, the Mirror newspaper reports.

Disturbing photos have emerged online showing Tori with serious bruises on her arms.

Radha Stirling, head of Detained in Dubai, told the Irish Mirror: “We need Tori back home in Ireland.”

After graduating from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Tori moved to Dubai in April last year to join Emirates airline, but after the alleged assaults she tried to leave Dubai, according to Radha Stirling.

Describing what happened to her, Ms Stirling said: “She remembers being woken up by the ambulance crew and police. She was taken to Al Barsha Police Station and held for several hours. Her mother pleaded with the Irish consulate but because they were unable to help she boarded a plane to Dubai.