No sex please, you're British
From NICK PARKER
Chief Foreign Correspondent
RANDY Michelle Palmer breached a strict ban on unmarried sex during a boozy beach romp in Dubai. The single British businesswoman was last night facing up to six years’ jail after she was caught canoodling in public with a holiday hunk.
Authorities – under growing pressure to curb the excesses of westerners who flock to the Muslim emirate – say she will also be deported from the country where she has lived and worked for three years.
Publishing firm manager Michelle was arrested after a cop saw her having sex on Jumeirah Beach. It is believed she was put in a cell. She had earlier got drunk during a champagne brunch which turned into an all-day binge. Michelle, 30, linked up at the bash with the British holidaymaker, known only as Vince, and joined him for a walk along the shore.
A police officer later spotted the pair having sex on the sand and let them off with a caution. But the same cop arrested them both when he returned soon after – and found them at it AGAIN.
Sources said Michelle, who works in Dubai for magazines firm ITP Publishing, launched an angry four-letter tirade after her second romp was halted. She is alleged to have called the cop a f****** Muslim **** and tried to hit him with her high-heeled shoe before being restrained.
Sex outside marriage is considered an offence in Dubai – one of the seven states which make up the United Arab Emirates.
Michelle was later charged with that, plus indecent behaviour in public, being drunk in public, and assaulting a police officer. Authorities have warned her she faces between three months and six years in jail in the Arab state.
Her lover faces a similar sentence. And last night unconfirmed reports from Dubai suggested the desperate pair had MARRIED in a bid to reduce their jail terms.
Mortified Michelle was full of remorse yesterday and begged authorities to show mercy.
She sobbed: “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.