Dubai drink driver given one-month jail for killing triathlete

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share

A Dubai motorist who fatally injured former Arab triathlon champion Roy Nasr while driving under the influence of alcohol has been sentenced to one month in prison and ordered to pay AED200,000 ($54,451) in blood money to the victim's family.

The accident occurred on the morning of September 6 when the 24-year old Philippines national swerved into a group of three cyclists, including Nasr, near Dubai’s Safa Park. Fifty-year old Nasr died, while his fellow cyclists sustained serious injuries.

The motorist, who also had his driving licence seized for three months by the Dubai Traffic Misdemeanour Court, was charged with drinking alcohol and driving under the influence when the incident occurred.

“I am sorry for what happened,” WJ said in court.

Lebanese national Nasr won third place in the ITU World Championship in Beijing in 2011. Hundreds of tribute messages had been posted on the Facebook page of the TriDubai club he co-founded.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: who you fooling

Where is everybody getting the rumour that its was a G Wagon that hit him from?

Posted by: Canuck

The person in their upmarket Mercedes has WASTA and the filipino community should be outraged that they have become scapegoats
Can't wait to find out who the real killer is.

Posted by: Runner

According to AB, UAE shepherd jailed for six months over bed sheet theft !! and someone gets 1 month for killing !!!

Posted by: Ed B

I do not know the precise circumstances under which this accident happened, but at first conclusion the punishment seems low. But I do not at all put any value on it that he was so labeled "drunk". In this country if you even take a sip, and they find any trace of alcohol in your blood, you are called already a drunk. So, it could well be that the driver was not entirely at fault here, or maybe it was really an accident, hence the reduced sentence. I can understand the emotions of some, but think about it, there could be many good reason for the low sentence.

Posted by: howard johnson

Since when did drunk Fillipinos start driving a Mercedes G class Wagon AMG edition worth over AED 500,000

Posted by: n4m0

Curious: Would it be more or less realistic if it was an Indian who owns that 500,000 AED car? Is that common or almost non-existent?

Posted by: Mick

Also, they would name him in an article if he were a real person. His rights to anonymity would be nullified. They would also mention deportation.
1) Drunk Driving (over a year jail time + deportation...at least suspended license for an extremely long time, if not forever in UAE or GCC)
2) Drunk Driving resulting in death (forget it, its over....that's much more than just "manslaughter"). That would be years and years in prison, blood money, license burned into ashes, deportation after very long jail time.
Good point about the Merc too. Tones of racism but I get your point.
This is weird that this guy is getting off pretty easy. Something isn't right with this story. Something stinks here. It's not the fish and rice either.

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Guide to getting married in Dubai on a budget

Guide to getting married in Dubai on a budget

Alarmed by how expensive weddings are? Our experts reveal how...

1
Frustrated Kuwaitis ask, why is Kuwait falling behind?

Frustrated Kuwaitis ask, why is Kuwait falling behind?

Citizens wonder why oil producer Kuwait is not as dynamic a hub...

4
Past masters return to Iraq

Past masters return to Iraq

Long deterred under the rule of Saddam Hussein and civil unrest...

Most Discussed
  • 17
    Germany puzzled as UAE think tank ordered to close

    Matt, your words sound kind of funny given the role the Britain has played in this region for so many decades.
    And given the democratic tradition that... more

    Thursday, 17 April 2014 7:10 PM - one of the joes
  • 11
    What will happen next to Dubai's property market?

    I purchased 1 bed from Emaar in 2008 for 2,5 in Downtown, the current selling price is nowhere near the original price in my case as current selling value... more

    Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:56 AM - Alex
  • 6
    Ten days added to UAE school calendar

    Reducing holidays so that teachers work the same days as other schools in the world makes sense. However most teachers in the UAE work about 3 hours extra... more

    Saturday, 19 April 2014 12:53 PM - Expat sense
  • 54
    Three UAE women attacked with hammer at London hotel

    I really feel that Arabian Business.Com should now close this comments page. This should be all about sympathy for the families not what it is/has turned... more

    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 1:06 PM - Adrienne
  • 51
    Why Dubai isn't a plastic city

    What is definitely not a plastic city. The Arabs have a culture dating back to several centuries. 50 years back Dubai was just a fishing village. Today... more

    Tuesday, 8 April 2014 3:49 PM - P. MADHUSUDAN
  • 48
    DMCC boss Ahmed Bin Sulayem entertains Robert Mugabe in Dubai

    @fga ''However today, simply because he decided to dispossess a few white farmers of their land and redistribute to the poorer indigenous blacks'' more

    Sunday, 13 April 2014 3:02 PM - Matt Williams