Dubai police to reopen British bride death case

Abbie Emmett died when she fell from a hotel window while on honeymoon in February

Dubai police have reopened the case of a British bride who died while on her honeymoon in Dubai, it has been reported.

Abbie Emmett, 27, who was newly married to ex-superbike legend Sean Emmett, died in February when she fell from a hotel window, with her death recorded as suicide at the time.

Her husband, 43, said last month he had been stranded in Dubai ever since with his passport confiscated by authorities.

He was fined AED2,000 ($550) for drinking alcohol without a licence.

However, The Mirror on Wednesday reported that prosecutors were re-examining her death at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Garhoud.

Her father Christopher Elson told the tabloid: “We’re aware of this ­development.”

An official at Dubai Public Prosecution said they were investigating whether Abbie was murdered, Dubai-based newspaper 7DAYS reported.

He said Emmett’s passport had not been returned because he had not paid his fine.

The couple tied the knot in South Africa before flying to Dubai.

Britain’s Foreign Office has said it is unable to interfere with the UAE’s legal process.

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Posted by: Gavin

He did pay the fine ages ago and has the receipt to prove it ! This is an outright lie ! How can you expect them to carry out any sort of meaningful investigation if they cannot get the simplest of details correct ! Poor Abbie has been cremated back here in England and at the time of her death it was agreed by all concerned that there were NO suspicious circumstances. What has changed ?? Sean needs to be allowed to come home immediately to grieve with his family. Nearly 8 months has passed since the tragic accident, the situation is ridiculous and with the surrounding National publicity which his situation has received in the U.K., has certainly put many Brits off ever visiting the U.A.E.

Posted by: Julia Robertson

Mrs Emmett's death was accidental. The authorities should let the poor man come home to start to rebuild his life, mourn his wife in peace and be with the rest of his family.

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