Thursday 27 April 2017

Couple jailed for Dubai taxi romp

Westerners have come into conflict with the strict social codes in Dubai (AP)
Westerners have come into conflict with the strict social codes in Dubai (AP)

A Dubai court has sentenced a British woman and an Irishman to three months in jail for allegedly having sex in the back of a taxi.

The sentence is the latest case of Westerners coming into conflict with the social codes in the United Arab Emirates, which maintains strict laws on sex-related issues although it often turns a blind eye.

Prosecutors accused Rebecca Blake and Conor McRedmond of removing some clothing and fondling each other in a cab in May.

They denied the charges and accused the taxi driver of fabricating the story after a fare dispute.

The judge says the pair will be deported after serving their sentences, which they can appeal against.

In 2008, a British couple received a three-month sentence after being charged with having sex on a Dubai beach.

Press Association

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