Businesswoman Rebecca Blake began her day at a hotel bar, The Irish Village. What would be the envy of the West, the hotel had a £10 ($15.75 US) all-you-can-drink brunch. While at the hotel, Blake met Conor McRedmond, 28, a welder from Ireland. The two spent about 12 hours drinking before hailing a cab to go to the Dubai Marina.
As reported by the Daily Mail
, the taxi driver says he saw them embracing when he looked through the rear view mirror. He then stopped his cab and walked over to a nearby patrol car. According to police, when they went up to the taxi, they found Blake naked. Blake and McRedmond were charged with having sex outside of marriage and being drunk in a public place. Both are criminal offences in Dubai.
Sex outside of marriage is punishable by a sentence of between one month and three years in jail. The sentence for illegal consumption of alcohol is up to six months in jail and a fine of up to £340 ($435 US).
Blake not only says she was alone in the cab but she denies she was ever charged with engaging in illegal sexual activity. She was quoted by 9News
It's total bull****. I have no idea where these sex allegations have come from. I was arrested for having a bottle of beer in the back of the cab. That is all.
As reported by the Croydon Guardian
, police have taken DNA samples to attempt to prove Blake and McRedmond had sex and that they had been drinking. Blake and McRedmond spent five days in custody before being bailed out by different people. The two were required to surrender their passports.
As noted by the Sun
, Blake moved to the United Arab Emirates last September to become the head of risk at Manpower Professional in Dubai. She was described by friends as a nice girl who often went drinking and liked "clubbing and dancing."
According to the the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
about one million British nationals visit the UAE every year. The office warns Britons about the zero tolerance for alcohol in non-licensed public places and about the strict rules governing sex outside of marriage. The British government warns tourists not to share hotel rooms with members of the opposite sex unless they are spouses or close family relatives.
Formal charges have not been laid against Blake and McRedmond pending results of the DNA tests. If found guilty, they will be deported from the UAE after completing their sentences.