Dubai hit-and-run drink driver has sentence doubled to 4mths on appeal

Brazilian driver was arrested at Dubai Airport as he tried to flee the country after hitting a British pedestrian
By Staff writer
Tue 08 Apr 2014 10:36 AM

A Brazilian motorist who was jailed for two months as part of a drink driving hit-and-run case has had his sentence doubled on appeal by a Dubai judge.

In February, Dubai Traffic Court sentenced the 31-year-old Brazilian defendant, who was on a visit visa, to two months in jail for hitting a 29-year-old British pedestrian in an fatal accident in Dubai Marina last November.

The defendant was arrested three hours later at Dubai airport as he tried to flee the country.

Dubai Traffic Prosecution charged him with wrongfully causing death to a pedestrian, driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Dubai Traffic Court had also suspended the Brazilian’s driving licence for six months and ordered him to pay AED150,000 ($40,838) blood money to the victim’s family.

However, on appeal this week a judge decided to double his sentence to four months and ordered him to be banned from driving for a year.

The defendant has 25 days to appeal the latest decision.

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