AN Irishman and a British woman facing three years in a Dubai jail were falsely accused of having sex in the back of a taxi, their lawyer told a court.
Rebecca Blake, a £125,000-a-year (€155,000) recruitment consultant, could not have had sex because she was menstruating when she was accused of stripping naked in the back of a Dubai cab and writhing on top of Conor McRedmond, said lawyer Shaker Al Shammary.
He told Dubai Misdemeanours Court the taxi driver made a malicious false accusation after rowing with Mr McRedmond over the fare and claimed his account was inconsistent.
And on the charge of consuming alcohol after the pair admitted indulging in a 10-hour drinking binge on the day they were arrested, Mr Al Shammary said: "This is Dubai, not a mosque. Everyone drinks."
Mr McRedmond (28), a welder from Tullamore, Co Offaly, and Ms Blake (29), of Dorking in Surrey, appeared in court yesterday to defend themselves against charges of having consensual sex, stripping off in public and consuming alcohol.
The pair were arrested on May 4 after meeting for the first time earlier that day in a hotel bar.
They spent five days in jail amid claims they had had sex in a cab.
Pakistani taxi driver Qaiser Khan (29) accused Ms Blake of getting naked in the back of his cab.
He was driving them home at 11pm when he said they became confused about where they wanted to go.
In his rearview mirror, he noticed Ms Blake had taken her top off and was straddling Mr McRedmond and "moaning for two minutes and making the sounds of a woman having sex", according to police records.
He pulled over when he spotted a police patrol car and summoned Emirati policeman Abdullah Obaid Khamis (22) saying: "Come and see what they are doing."
The officer said he found the pair having sex in the car and interrupted them by tapping on the window.
But Mr Al Shammary asked for the charges to be dropped. He said his clients both denied having naked sex and were backed by police forensic reports, which came back negative.
The case was adjourned until November 22.