Dubai sexpats take their case to the appeal court in desperate last ditch attempt
Two expats accused of having sex in the back of a cab pleaded not guilty before Dubai Appeal Court yesterday as they launched a bid to clear their names.
Brit Rebecca Blake and her co-defendant, an Irishman, were sentenced to three months in jail on November 22 by Dubai Misdemeanours Court after being found guilty of having an illegal affair. They were also fined Dhs3,000 for drinking alcohol.
They were arrested after the driver of the taxi stopped to report the couple to a passing police patrol. Their lawyer, Shaker Al Shammary, told the court yesterday that the cabbie fabricated the story after he tried to blackmail the pair and they refused to pay.
Blake hired a publicist following her arrest and has spoken to British media on several occasions, saying she is scared of going to jail. Her co-accused has shunned publicity.
During their original trial, a policeman testified that he witnessed the defendants having sex in the cab. He said Blake was naked and was sat on the man’s lap for four minutes before he knocked on the window and they stopped.
The taxi driver said he picked up the couple, who had been drinking, at 10.30pm in May last year in Tecom and they asked to go to Al Barsha.
He said in his testimony: “We were driving on Sheikh Zayed Road and I noticed the man was drinking. I told him it is not allowed to have alcohol inside the taxi, but he drank it and threw the glass out of the window.
“The next thing, I looked in the mirror and saw the woman sitting on the man’s thighs. She was naked, moving up and down and making sounds.”
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