Human trafficking accused: charges dropped

The charges against a Romanian man accused of human trafficking have been dropped.

Friday, 29th July 2016, 1:06 pm
Updated Friday, 29th July 2016, 2:09 pm
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Florin Gheorghe, of Meadowbank Court, Strand Road, appeared in court earlier this week charged with a number of offences.

They included rape, causing or inciting prostitution, human trafficking and false imprisonment.

The 29-year-old was further charged with assaulting the woman between June 19 and July 24.

Earlier this morning, a prosecutor told Derry Magistrates Court that there had been a ‘material change in the available evidence’ and there was an application to withdraw the charges.

He added that the case had been reviewed by a senior prosecutor and the ‘available evidence no longer meets the test for prosecution’.

Gheorghe had been remanded in custody following his first appearance in court.

Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare granted the application to withdraw the charges and ordered the immediate release of the Gheorghe.