x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

One-month jail term upheld for drink driver who killed Dubai triathlete

Court also upholds the order for the Filipino driver to pay Dh200,000 in blood money to Roy Nasr's family, but added an additional fine of Dh5,000

DUBAI // The drink-driver who ran over and killed popular Dubai triathlete Roy Nasr has had his one-month jail term upheld.

The Appeals Court also upheld the order that W J, 24, from the Philippines, must pay Dh200,000 in blood money to Nasr’s family.

It chose to add a fine of Dh5,000 on Thursday.

The Dubai Traffic Court suspended the man’s driving licence for three months last September but the Appeals Court ordered that the supension be increased to six months.

The driver admitted to being under the influence of alcohol when he hit three cyclists near Safa Park on September 6.

He confessed at the Dubai Traffic Court to five charges: causing death, risking a person’s safety, damaging property, drink-driving and illegal drinking.

The defendant apologised to the family of the Lebanese expatriate.

Two of Nasr’s training partners, Briton S Z and American A T, were also hit from behind and were injured. The accident happened at about 5.30am near a bridge over Sheikh Zayed Road.

Nasr, 49, a father of two, died at the scene.

salamir@thenational.ae