Man arrested as part of investigation into human trafficking appears in court

A 29-year-old Romanian man has appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court on human trafficking charges.
Florin Gheorghe whose address was given as 31, Meadowbank Court in Derry was charged with five offences.
He faced charges of false imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, rape, trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation and causing or inciting prostitution.
All the charges relate to dates between June 19 and July 24 this year.
An interpreter relayed the charges to the defendant and he nodded that he understood them.
A detective connected Gheorghe to the charges.
Defence solicitor Mr. Paddy MacDermott said there would be no bail application as there was no suitable address.
He asked the detective had Gheorghe made a statement and the officer said he had a pre-prepared statement in which he denied all the allegations.
The officer was asked had the alleged injured party made a verbal statement and was told she had.
Mr. MacDermott asked had his client told police the woman was his partner and was pregnant and that there had been a row after she ‘discovered an infidelity’ on Gheorghe’s part.
The officer said she was aware of this but could not confirm it.
The court was told that the defendant had been in the country some five weeks and claimed to be working in Dundalk.
The officer told the court that some 610 euros and £935 had been found which the alleged injured party claimed was her earnings from prostitution.
District Judge Barney McElholm remanded Gheorghe in custody to appear again on August 1.


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