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Trafficking suspect allegedly caught with girl (14) in 'state of undress' faces child sex charge

Hungarian Gabor Nagy was arrested in July along with his brother Mark on suspicion of human trafficking after it emerged two teenage girls had arrived from Budapest to stay with them
Gabor Nagy in Dungannon this week

Gabor Nagy in Dungannon this week

Steven Moore

This is the suspected human trafficker charged with sexual activity with a child after he was allegedly discovered with a 14-year-old girl in a "state of undress".

Hungarian Gabor Nagy was arrested in July along with his brother Mark on suspicion of human trafficking after it emerged two teenage girls had arrived from Budapest to stay with them.

Both were charged with sexual activity with a child but were bailed and while Mark, whose phone was allegedly full of indecent child images, has reportedly returned to Hungary, his brother Gabor remains in Co Tyrone.

But the 24-year-old, of Drumreaney Gardens, Castlecaulfield, appeared in court this week after attempting to obtain an emergency passport in Manchester, breaching his bail in the process.

On November 23 the Hungarian Consulate General in Manchester contacted the PSNI reporting Gabor was in attendance, seeking an emergency passport.

Hungarian man Gabor Nagy (24) with our man Steven

Hungarian man Gabor Nagy (24) with our man Steven

Greater Manchester Police detained him until PSNI officers arrived and brought him back to Northern Ireland.

However, it was the arrest of his brother Mark, who was also allegedly found with a child and has since disappeared, which led to suspicion of human trafficking.

A detective told Dungannon Magistrates Court that police stopped a car being driven erratically by Mark, who was disqualified and uninsured, on July 1.

A teenage child in the vehicle was "fearful and wouldn't talk to police with Mark around," the detective said.

Mark claimed she was his long-term girlfriend and he had moved to Northern Ireland to live with her. However, it transpired she met him online and she arrived from Budapest for a holiday a few days beforehand with another girl aged 14.

She had no phone credit and disclosed the other girl was with Mark's brother, Gabor.

Police went to the Castlecaulfield address where, it is claimed, the younger girl and Gabor emerged from the same bedroom "in a state of undress".

Gabor was arrested on suspicion of child sexual activity and human trafficking, but answered no questions during interview.

the court heard samples taken from Gabor showed a mixed profile matching Gabor and female DNA.

The brothers were released on bail and ordered to surrender passports and were banned from applying for replacements.

Both girls were taken into police protection but refused to provide statements or samples.

The younger girl's phone revealed "clear evidence of a sexual relationship with Gabor", the court was told.

Examination of Mark's phone uncovered "a large amount of indecent images and multiple WhatsApp groups with over 1,000 participants in each, dedicated to sharing indecent images of children".

Gabor's phone was also seized but was damaged, so efforts are underway to have it repaired and accessed.

"Due to the amount of indecent images on his brother's phone, we believe this device may hold similar material," said the detective.

During a bail check on October 12, officers discovered Mark was no longer living there, with Gabor claiming he has returned to Hungary.

Under defence cross-examination the detective confirmed both children had returned to Hungary, making the human trafficking elements unlikely to proceed.

"The child is not co-operating and with only limited evidence the case may not continue," said the defence.

Gabor Nagy

Gabor Nagy

While conceding a lack of evidence and no prospect of anything further from either child, the detective referenced the text messaging of sexual activity.

The defence claimed Gabor wanted an emergency passport for identification as he was having difficulty applying for benefits.

Granting bail, District Judge Michael Ranaghan said: "I appreciate there is very limited likelihood of this matter ever seeing the light of day in court. Nevertheless, given the residual risk presented by any man found in compromising circumstances with a child, there will be strict conditions."

He set bail at £750 and ordered Gabor to be electronically tagged and sign with police every day. There is also to be no contact by any means with either child.

The case will return to court on December 17.

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