The Dubai Appeal Court has handed down a stiffer sentence to the drink driver who killed former Arab triathlon champion Roy Nasr in Dubai.
The court fined the Filipino defendant, who pleaded guilty, an extra AED5,000 and suspended his driving licence for six months.
In September, the Dubai Traffic Misdemeanour Court jailed the 24-year-old Filipino driver, known onlyas WJ, for a month, ordered him to pay AED200,000 in blood money to Nasr’s family and suspended his licence for three months.
“The court has decided that it is enough for the defendant to have spent a month in jail. He will have to pay AED5,000 in fine and Dh200,000 in blood money to the deceased’s family,” said presiding judge Aysar Fouad in comments published by Dubai daily Gulf News.
Prosecutors appealed the primary judgement and sought a stiffer punishment for the defendant. Records show that the blood money had not yet been deposited in the court’s treasury, the paper reported.
Thursday’s judgement remains subject to appeal within 30 days.
Fifty-year old Nasr was killed on September 6 when the defendant's car swerved into a group of three cyclists near Dubai’s Safa Park. His fellow cyclists sustained serious injuries.
The initial sentence caused shock among close friends and Dubai’s cycling community, with a close friend of Nasr telling Arabian Business of his shock at the one-month prison sentence.
In the aftermath of the verdict, Dubai residents also took to social networking site Twitter to express their disbelief over the sentence. Hundreds of tribute messages have also been posted on the Facebook page of the TriDubai club he co-founded.