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Man found not guilty of false imprisonment of 19-year-old woman in Waterford city

Man found not guilty of false imprisonment of 19-year-old woman in Waterford city

A man has been found not guilty on counts of false imprisonment and assault of a 19-year-old woman in Waterford city in 2019.

The Journal reports it was alleged that 44-year-old Lithuanian national Vytautas Siaulys falsely imprisoned Tammy Dowdall and threatened that her breasts and fingers would be cut off after she went to a house in the city centre to buy cannabis.

Mr Siaulys' defence argued that the complainant and gardaรญ had wrongly identified the defendant, while there was a considerable lack of forensic evidence, medical records and known eye-witnesses called to the hearing.

During cross-examination, Ms Dowdall noted that she was too terrified to leave the house during the alleged false imprisonment and was "in shock" and "disgusted" with herself following the alleged ordeal.

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Mr Siaulys's defence, meanwhile, claimed that the investigating garda had "jumped to a conclusion" and that he had worked on the case alone.

Despite Dowdall's testimony being supported by two gardaรญ, a jury returned a verdict of not guilty on counts of false imprisonment and assault.

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