UK woman facing jail for taxi tryst in Dubai couldn't have sex as she was on period, says lawyer
A British businesswoman facing three years in jail in Dubai could not have had sex in the back of a taxi because she was on her period, her lawyer told in court.
Rebecca Blake, a 100,000-pound-a-year recruitment consultant, is accused of stripping naked in the back of a Dubai cab and writhing on top of Irishman Conor McRedmond.
Her lawyer Shaker Al Shammary told Dubai Misdemeanours Court that the taxi driver made a malicious false accusation after rowing with McRedmond over the fare.
Al Shammary also claimed the driver's account was inconsistent.
According to the Daily Mail, the pair was also charged with consuming alcohol after admitting to a 10-hour drinking binge on the day of their arrest.
"This is Dubai, not a mosque. Everyone drinks," Al Shammary told the court.
Blake, 29, of Dorking, Surrey, and welder 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.
Khan said that during the journey he looked in his rear view mirror and noticed Blake had taken her top off. She was straddling 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".
The officer said he found the pair having sex in the car and interrupted them by tapping
on the window, the court heard.
The lawyer said that the couple both denied having naked sex and were backed by police forensic reports, which came back negative when they were tested for evidence of intercourse.
Both defendants have been released on bail and the case is adjourned until November 22.