AUSTRALIAN woman Samantha Azzopardi, who duped Irish authorities last year into thinking she was an Eastern European child sex slave, has allegedly attempted a similar story in Canada.
Azzopardi, 26, from Campbelltown in Sydney’s southwest, walked into a Calgary health centre on September 16 alleging she was a 14-year-old who was the victim of an abduction and prolonged sexual assault, Canadian authorities said on Monday.
Azzopardi, using the alias Aurora Hepburn, allegedly told investigators she had endured years of violent sexual abuse and torture.
It was not until last Thursday that the Calgary Police Service was notified of a similar, world headline-making case investigated last year in Dublin.
Staff Sergeant Kelly Campbell, of Calgary Police Service’s Child Abuse Unit, said it initially took Azzopardi’s allegations very seriously.
“There was considerable impact to a lot of the professionals that were working on this investigation as we were led to believe that this was an actual occurrence,” Campbell said at a media conference on Monday, Global News reported.