‘Have sex on beach’: British couple arrested

July 10th, 2008 - 12:39 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

British couple were arrested in Dubai yesterday after being found having sex on a beach.

Michelle Palmer, 30, publishing assistant and her British partner ” Vince” were jailed after allegedly being caught in a clinch on Jumeirah beach, Dubai. Vince” met Ms Palmer at a party while he was staying with one of her colleagues from the Middle Eastern publishing company ITP. Both of them found to be drunk when they were caught on “indecent” sunbathing and public kissing.

Michelle Palmer is also said to be facing possible charge of being drunk in public, and assaulting a police officer and indecent behavior in public.

Her friends reported that the incident came after an afternoon of drinking which began at the Alpha Club at Le Méridien Hotel near Dubai’s airport.

Earlier she entered a “late brunch”, with unlimited drinks - including beer, wine and spirits. She was there for three hours until 7pm the event offered unlimited drinks for a flat fee of 250 dirhams (£34.50). Then move on to a club near by where their friends claimed that both of them were arguing.

Then they moved on to a pub known as Long’s Bar in a hotel on the city’s skyscraper-lined Sheikh Zayed Road.

Friends claimed the couple have since gone through a hasty civil marriage ceremony to reduce any possible sentence they might face as sex outside of marriage is illegal in Dubai.

“Just after that they were caught for having sex on the beach - and the next thing we knew, they were married,” one said.

Miss Palmer is accused for being aggressive toward the policeman.

“Because this is known everywhere they’re going to make an example of us and we’re going to get a higher sentence,”

“We are in so much trouble and my family and everybody are affected. Until someone is in this situation they could never know what it’s like. It’s bad - it’s so, so bad.”

“We are providing consular assistance”, Vince said

However, the two British nationals had been arrested in Dubai confirmed by Foreign Office spokesman confirmed that

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