On October 10, 2013 a young woman was found acting in a confused and distressed state at the General Post Office in Central Dublin. After being taken into care, first by the Irish police (Gardai) and then under the supervision of the Health Service Executive, the mysterious young woman refused to speak to anyone. More bizarrely, she would only communicate with councillors and police via drawing pictures. As a result of this unusual form of communication, authorities came to believe (via her confirmation) that she was a victim of sex trafficking into the Irish state, and was also thought to be 14 years old.
In an effort to discover her origins, a major Garda media and INTERPOL appeal was launched, in which her picture was published (against her wishes). Eventually it was discovered that her name was Samantha Azzopardi, and she had travelled from her native Australia to visit relations in Ireland. As Ms Azzopardi who is in her 20's had been unwilling to tell the relevant agencies who she was, or details of her actual story, the investigation to uncover her identity has cost the Irish State 300,000 Euros.
Further investigation uncovered that she had been known to use up to 40 different aliases and also had a history of undisclosed psychiatric issues (psychopathy?). It transpired that she had arrived in Ireland several weeks before her performance at the GPO in Dublin to stay with relatives in County Tipperary. Eventually the High Court in Dublin was informed by psychiatrist Brendan Kelly she was not suffering from any disorder classed under the Mental Health Act in Ireland (psychopathy?). This was after Tim O'Leary, a lawyer for the Health Service Executive previously stated that Samantha Azzopardi was mentally disordered and that condition is specified and made her "vulnerable".
The police investigations came to the conclusion that Samantha Azzopardi was a 'Walter Mitty-like Con Artist' with a history of deception and manipulation of individuals and public services back in her native Australia. While Irish sources confirm that Ms Azzopardi has mental health issues (unspecified), they revealed that she also has convictions for fraud, deception, false pretences and using forged documents back in Australia. Among these included a history of giving false names and impersonation of deceased individuals. At a court appearance in Victoria on October 2, 2012, Ms Azzopardi was convicted of fraud and deception offences, and given a suspended six-month jail term at the time. Prior to this on September 15, 2012, the Brisbane Magistrates Court, convicted her on two charges of making false representations, one charge of possession of equipment for use with intent to forge documents and one charge of contravening directions.
According to a Garda spokesperson. From enquiries made in Australia a picture emerged of a woman "who assumes a persona and carries it out for criminal purposes"... "She has done this kind of thing before." stated the spokesperson. This is a 'catch me if you can' scenario although it is accepted that she has psychiatric issues," the source added. Another senior security source said: "She is an international woman of mystery, a scam artist, who we now believe is involved in some sort of bizarre ruse which may explain why she did not want her picture released by the Gardai". She was deported by Irish Immigration back to Australia this evening.
I personally suspect that Samantha Azzopardi will now marry quickly to hide her surname. Most probably to a poorly educated or immigrant man with whom she'll quickly have children. She will divorce him and then marry again to attain a double-barrel surname completely disguising her past. Samantha Azzopardi is also in my estimation a prime individual for running a New Age scam or cult as her Walter Mitty 'talents' will be able to spin a good sci-fi style yarn for her followers. At the same time, her pity ploys will be used to manipulate and swindle from well intentioned and gullible folks.
Samantha Azzopardi is certainly one we need to keep and eye on in the years to come. Her pathological havoc is not over by a long shot.