x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Beach couple back in Britain

A British man and woman spared jail after being convicted of having illicit relations on a Dubai beach have returned home.

A British man and woman convicted of having sex on the beach in Dubai have returned to the UK, according to their lawyers. Vince Acors, 34, landed back at London's Heathrow airport earlier on Wednesday, his lawyer said. Acors's homecoming was repeatedly delayed, apparently amid problems with his ticket. Meanwhile, Michelle Palmer, 36, returned a week ago, her Dubai-based lawyer Hassan Matar said, adding that her departure was kept secret on her request. "Michelle called me from the UK and told me everything was okay and that she was very happy to be home," Mr Matar said. Ms Palmer and Vince Acors, 34, were found guilty of being intoxicated in public after facing charges of having sex in public and out of wedlock. An appeals court last month suspended a three-month jail term but the two were ordered to pay a fine for drinking alcohol and ordered expelled from the country.

*AFP