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Cabbie set us up, couple tell Dubai sex trial

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 the Dubai court that the driver made a malicious false accusation after rowing with McRedmond over the fare.

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."

McRedmond (28), a welder, from Tullamore, Co Offaly, and Ms Blake (29), of Dorking, 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. 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 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 patrol car and told the police.

The officer said he found the pair having sex in the car and interrupted them by tapping on the window.

The case was adjourned until November 22.

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