x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Britons who fought over woman in Dubai nightclub to be deported

Two British expats involved in a sexual harassment incident have their three-month jail terms suspended on appeal.

DUBAI // Two British expatriates who fought over a woman in a nightclub are to be deported.

The Appeals Court yesterday agreed to suspend the three-month jail sentences the pair received from a lower court, saying they would only need to serve the terms if they commit a similar offence within the next three years.

However, both men will be deported as soon as their papers are processed.

The pair were arrested after fighting at a nightclub in the Ramee Rose Hotel on September 17, 2011.

ME, 46, punched his compatriot CD, 48, because he had sexually harassed the wife of a friend.

“He came up from behind me and stuck his body to mine before stretching his arm around my left shoulder nearly touching my breast,” recalled the wife, 45.

She said her husband asked the man to leave her alone but he refused and started shouting at him.

The couple’s friend ME then stepped in and punched the man.

The blow was so hard it fractured his jaw and left him permanently unable to open his mouth fully.

Despite treatment, CD is still unable to fully open his mouth and has difficulty eating and chewing properly. He was also left with a permanent sinus infection as a result of the fight.

At their original trial last April, CD denied a charge of sexual assault while ME denied a charge of physical assault. Both were found guilty.

salamir@thenational.ae