How to build your own ‘tourist trap’ in Dublin
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A ‘touring trap’ is a structure that can be used to lure tourists to Dublin, but which can also house criminal activity.
As well as a place to hide, the structure is also likely to attract criminals and potentially criminal gangs.
The trap is often used in Ireland, but it is less common in the UK.
The ‘traveller trap’ concept Samira McBroom (32), a former school teacher who was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison, was found guilty of a number of offences after a trial which saw him plead guilty to six offences.
Her trial was the first time a criminal was convicted of using a building in the city to commit crimes.
The judge told her: “You were able to use this structure as a vehicle to prey on people who were visiting the city.”
She also sentenced her to a prison term of 14 years.
The judge said: “This was an organised crime crime and the crime was committed with the intent to profit from the vulnerable vulnerable people that were visiting Dublin.”
The court heard McBrooms husband, Thomas, was also involved in the crime and was convicted on two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and two counts each of conspiracy, assault, and possession of a knife.
McBrooms barrister, Paul Farrell, said he was “disturbed” by the judge’s comments and the sentences, but he said there was a need for a “tourism trap” in the country to deter crime.
“This is the way that you could take people who come into Dublin and set up a criminal operation,” he said.
Mr Farrell said the criminal element was often present in Dublin and there was the potential for them to take advantage of the tourist trap structure to commit criminal acts.
He added that criminals who were not in prison should be able to enter the country illegally.
“It’s not something you can turn down,” he told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke.
A number of other structures in the Dublin area have been used as tourist traps in recent years, including the Dublin Castle, where criminals have been known to use the structure to conceal weapons and to conceal evidence.
Irish tourist traps were last used in 2010, when an IRA man and a man who had escaped from the Londonderry prison were found to be hiding in the castle, after being stopped by gardai.
An investigation into the use of tourist traps by the Irish government was launched in 2016.
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