Alert at Dublin airport after refugee perpetrator boarded plane without boarding pass

A UKRAINIAN REFUGEE perpetrator ‘pruned’ passengers to board an outbound flight at Dublin Airport without a boarding pass, a court has heard.

Gardaí arrested Marina Hrabar, 47, on Friday after receiving an alert from Terminal 1 about Luxair flight LG4884 scheduled for 2 p.m. to Luxembourg.

She appeared before Judge Gerard Jones at Dublin District Court on Saturday.

Ms Hrabar came to Ireland as a refugee to escape Russian bombardment of her home town of Kharkiv, Judge Jones heard.

She had been housed in the O’Connell Street area of ​​Dublin, but currently has no fixed address.

Gardaí charged her with two offenses under the Navigation and Air Transport Act.

She is accused of knowingly causing a false alarm by boarding the plane without a boarding pass for the flight.

The second charge relates to obstruction of an authorized officer during the same incident.

Garda Emer Lawlor told Judge Jones the defendant “did not respond” to the charges.

Describing the evidence, Garda Lawlor said Ms Hrabar ‘came through the barriers without a boarding pass’.

Garda Lawlor alleged that she “knowingly followed passengers through the airport and onto a plane, and caused an alarm on the plane”.

Garda Lawlor told the court that the woman then “attempted to flee from an authorized officer”.

“I’m not guilty,” Ms Hrabar said at the bail hearing.

In evidence, and speaking in English, she explained that she was educated, a writer and could represent herself.

She also claimed she had secured accommodation on O’Connell Street, supported by Trinity College.

The Garda said the woman was ‘evicted’ from her accommodation in Dublin five or six days ago and now has no fixed abode.

The judge appointed attorney Peter Keating to represent her under legal aid.

Following consultation, he argued that the absence of an address was not sufficient reason to deny bail.

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He offered that the woman could report to a Garda station in the town.

He said she may have struggled to understand the bail process due to the language barrier.

Ms Hrabar told the court she was “under the protection of Ireland” and that the Irish had been generous with her.

She agreed with the lawyer that she would look for alternative accommodation to help her get welfare.

She also pledged to have her phone working so that gardaí could contact her.

In addition, Ms. Hrabor has agreed to answer for her bond and appear in court on the next date.

Judge Jones noted that the ‘prominent author’ intended to remain in Dublin and he ordered gardaí to seize his passport.

Freeing her on bail, he ordered her to return to court on June 1 and for an interpreter to assist her at the next hearing.

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