A Nigerian man has been charged with trafficking a "lookalike" child into Ireland on his own son's passport.
Kolawoke Adigun (44) was allegedly offered £2,850 (€3,054) in the form of repairs to his car by a man he knew in London to bring the child into the country.
Detective Garda Angela Twyford from the National Garda Immigration Bureau (NGIB) told Blanchardstown District Court that Adigun arrived at Dublin Airport on November 11 last with a boy (12), who he falsely presented as his son.
The young boy is now under the care of the HSE and is living with his step-mother in north Co Dublin. Adigun, with an address at Watergate House, Rectory Place, Greenwich, is charged with knowingly bringing into Ireland a person he knew or believed to be an illegal immigrant, contrary to Section 2 of the Illegal Immigrant (Trafficking) Act 2000.
He is also charged with possession of a false Nigerian passport.