x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Jail for Dubai prostitute 'thrown out of window'

A British salesman accused of throwing a naked prostitute from a hotel's window is cleared of assault, but jailed for having consensual sex.

DUBAI // A salesman accused of throwing a naked prostitute from a hotel window was today cleared of assault, but jailed for having consensual sex.

The 37-year-old Briton ZA, was sentenced to three months in prison for having consensual sex with the 36-year-old Ukrainian AK, who broke her back in the fall and was left with what medical reports described as a 30 per cent disability.

The salesman was also fined Dh1,000 after he admitted drinking alcohol with the prostitute.

The injured woman was found guilty of prostitution and consuming alcohol and was sentenced to three months in prison. Both will be deported after serving their prison terms.

The two met in a bar in the Panorama Hotel Bur Dubai on October 23 last year after which she accompanied the salesman to his room in a different hotel. However, a dispute broke out after which she ran to a bedroom and locked herself in before opening the window and screaming at passersby to help. She also called a taxi driver she knew to come to rescue her.

She claimed that minutes after making the call the salesman burst into the room and threw her out of the window. She landed on a car but was able to climb down and take herself into the hotel's reception before collapsing. Police arrived and took her to Rashid Hospital.

The hotel's receptionist DA, from India, said he believed the pair were a couple when they entered the hotel. "Shortly after [AK] returned to the reception from the main door naked, crying and in pain," said the receptionist.

The prostitute told him "a crazy man" threw her out of the window, so he went up to the room to check. He found an empty bottle of Chivas whisky and an open window, but the salesman was no longer there.

He said he saw the salesman outside the hotel, trying to run away but he was stopped by police. He said that the salesman's clothes were still in the room and neatly arranged on the bedroom's dresser.

A British investor, ME, told the court he was with the salesman at the bar when the prostitute offered them her services for Dh500.

salamir@thenational.ae