A British businesswoman and an Irish man accused of engaging in sexual activities in a Dubai taxi have been jailed. Rebecca Blake, a £100,000-a-year recruitment consultant, is accused of stripping naked in the back of a Dubai cab and writhing on top of Conor McRedmond. The conviction came despite DNA tests to show evidence of intercourse coming back negative. The pair pleaded not guilty to charges of having consensual sex and indecency, which related to stripping off in public, but were convicted on both counts and ordered to serve a total of three months in prison before being deported.
The case is the latest in which Westerners have fallen foul of the United Arab Emirates' decency laws, highlighting cultural differences as the UAE seeks a balance between maintaining its Muslim identity and catering for a vibrant tourism industry. 'The court sentenced them to jail for three months and deportation in addition to a fine of 3,000 dirhams ($817) each,' said their lawyer Shaker al-Shammary. He said they would appeal. The pair were also charged with consuming alcohol after admitting to a 10-hour drinking binge on the day of their arrest. During the trial Mr Al Shammary told the court: 'This is Dubai, not a mosque. Everyone drinks.'
Ms Blake, 29, of Dorking, Surrey, and welder Mr McRedmond, 28, from Tullamore, County Offaly, were arrested on May 4 after meeting for the first time earlier that day in a hotel bar.
Pakistani taxi driver Qaiser Khan, 29, said he picked the couple up at around 11pm after their all-day drinking binge, which had started with midday brunch and unlimited drinks.
During the journey Mr Khan said he looked in his rear view mirror and noticed Ms Blake had taken her top off. She was straddling Mr McRedmond and was 'moaning for two minutes and making the sounds of a woman having sex', according to police records. He pulled over on Sheikh Zayed road when he spotted a police patrol car. He then asked Emirati policeman Abdullah Obaid Khamis, 22, to, 'Come and see what they are doing.'