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Dubai sex crime trial

PUBLISHED: 15:13 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 12 August 2010

A BUSINESSMAN accused of having sex on a Dubai beach with a fellow Brit claims they were only kissing. Father-of-one, Vince Acors, 34, of Homesdale Road, Bromley, appeared before Dubai s Court of First Instance last Tuesday with sales rep Michelle Palme

A BUSINESSMAN accused of having sex on a Dubai beach with a fellow Brit claims they were only kissing.

Father-of-one, Vince Acors, 34, of Homesdale Road, Bromley, appeared before Dubai's Court of First Instance last Tuesday with sales rep Michelle Palmer, 36, in a hearing brought forward from August 21 to avoid intense media attention. Police allegedly caught the pair having sex on Jumeirah Open Beach, on July 5 this year and charged them with having an illicit affair, performing an indecent act in public and consuming alcohol.

The duo face up to six years in jail in the Islamic city if found guilty.

Both admitted consuming alcohol but denied the other offences and according to legal sources, they have unusually chosen to represent themselves in the case.

In a statement, Miss Palmer told Judge Hamad Abdul Latif: "We were just kissing and hugging. We didn't have sex together. I was lying on top of him. I have been in Dubai for two-and-a-half years without committing any kind of offence. I'm sorry."

But witness statements submitted to the court alleged the couple canoodled on the public beach close to Dubai's landmark the Burj Al Arab hotel for around ten minutes until police arrived at around 1am. A 21-year-old Palestinian man, said: "I was with my friends on the beach when I saw the couple get out of a taxi kissing each other. The man lay on his back and she was on top of him. She took off her shirt and they started to have sex. They were ten metres from me and they continued for ten minutes until a police patrol arrived."

The police officer who arrested the couple added: "Her shirt was off and she was sitting on him and their voices were excited. They didn't even notice me standing there. He was kissing and playing with her chest."

Telecommunications boss, Mr Acors, who was on holiday, admitted during police interviews that he did not know it was illegal to have unmarried sex in the United Arab Emirates, but claimed he did not have full intercourse.

But DNA tests showed some sexual contact took place, it is claimed.

The court case was adjourned by Judge Hamad Abdul Latif until the next hearing, which is speculated to be on September 2. Both Mr Acors and Miss Palmer were ordered to stay in the country.

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