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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

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

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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Ali 6 years ago

Four months in Jail for killing an innocent person!! are we encouraging people to drink and drive here?
this guy should be behind bars for at least 10 years.

who2 6 years ago

Agree Ali, but that only happens if you bounce a cheque!

Doug 6 years ago

Amazing. He drinks (illegal), he kills someone (VERY illegal) and then tries to flee the country to escape justice (illegal).

And he gets 4 months.

Meanwhile, an expat who drinks and runs naked down a corridor gets 7 months.

Seriously, by what measure is the naked expat's crime more damaging and threatening than the murdering Brazilian's? I am not disputing both are guilty of crimes but there seems to be a massive inconsistency in sentencing.