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Beach sex dad thrilled' to be spared jail

PUBLISHED: 16:34 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:27 12 August 2010

A FATHER IS thrilled to have been spared a three-month jail stretch in a Dubai prison after a judge upheld an appeal against his a sentence for having sex on a beach.

A FATHER IS "thrilled" to have been spared a three-month jail stretch in a Dubai prison after a judge upheld an appeal against his a sentence for having sex on a beach.

Vince Acors, 34, of Homesdale Road, Bromley, will be returning to England along with fellow Brit Michelle Palmer, 36, after the judge suspended their sentences for unmarried sex on Jumeirah beach, following an all-you-can-drink hotel brunch.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered that the pair be deported immediately. It is believed Mr Acors will be back in the UK tomorrow.

There had been fears that the prosecution in the strict Muslim state would succeed in extending their sentence on appeal. But the judge freed them, although it is unclear whether their convictions were overturned.

Andrew Crossley, the London-based solicitor for Mr Acors, said: "They don't give reasons for their decision. I hope it's because the evidence didn't stand up but there may have been some political manoeuvres.

"Vince is thrilled. He can't believe the result, he was very worried before. All the commentary in Dubai had been that the prosecution would succeed in extending their sentence but he is very happy and is getting his things together to leave.

"He just wants to get home and see his family, in particular his son. I'm sure he'll be pleased to see Bromley High Street instead of all the hotels in Dubai. There might not be a lot of people you could say that about but I'm sure he's one of them.

"If this case was in Britain, it never would have come to court. There were four witnesses, three of whom were dropped, leaving just the arresting officer who was been required to attend court three times, but he never showed up."

Dubai-based solicitor Hassan Matter, who represented them in court, said after the hearing: "The judge has cancelled the jail. He refused the prosecution appeal. They are free. It's wonderful.

"The judge gave us a good hearing because he has a good heart and a good brain. He understood everything."

Telecommunications boss Mr Acors was on holiday when he met publishing executive Miss Palmer at a hotel on July 5. They were arrested and later found guilty of public indecency and having unmarried sex and ordered to pay a £155 fine for being drunk in a public place.

Miss Palmer said the ruling had vindicated them both. She said: "It just proves our innocence after all the bad stuff that was written. That's it."

Both Acors and Palmer had been on bail in the United Arab Emirates where 85 per cent of the population is foreign.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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