In a bizarre turn of events, a British man from Scotland has been sentenced to three months in jail for ‘accidentally touching a man’s hip’ in a Dubai bar. Jamie Harron has claimed that he was just trying to avoid spilling his drink when he touched the man. The incident took place at the Rock Bottom Bar on July 15. Jamie worked as an electrician and was on a two day stop-over in Dubai.
When the incident took place, Harron, 27, was arrested for public indecency and faced 30-days in jail rather than a three-year jail term. Reports suggested that the businessman he had touched had withdrawn the complaint. However, on Sunday, the campaign group, Detained in Dubai (DiD), which has been supporting Harron, said that he has been sentenced to three months in jail.
DiD said that they would appeal against the jail term but Harron faced further allegations of drinking and swearing at the accuser. In a statement, the group said, “Harron was angry, disappointed and dreads what may happen next. He feels betrayed and exploited by the system which did not investigate the reports of key witnesses in his defense and led him to believe that the case would be dropped.”
Radha Stirling, the chief executive officer of Detained in Dubai, said Harron, has suffered tremendously and lost his job due to the allegations. He is also struggling to pay his bills and could lose his home as well. She said: “Now Jamie has been sentenced to three months. There is no telling whether a judgment on appeal will be better or worse. He has already suffered tremendously as a result of these allegations, and now faces the likelihood of incarceration.”
“At this point, Jamie will definitely be pursuing civil action against his accusers when he does eventually return home, as it appears that he will not be able to find justice in the UAE”, she said.