British man who was jailed in Dubai for touching another man’s hip is freed

October 25, 2017 12:54 pm

The British man who was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment in Dubai for touching another man’s hip has tonight landed back in the UK after the charges against him were dropped.

Jamie Harron, 27, from Stirling, was sentenced in his absence for public indecency in the Middle Eastern country on Monday.

He was arrested following the incident in July and claimed he was simply trying to avoid spilling his drink when he touched a businessman. Daily Mail reports

The electrician lost his job and racked up debt after having to spend more than £32,000 in legal fees and expenses while stuck without a passport in the UAE.

But he was able to leave the country after the charges were dropped and said he can’t wait for ‘a good night’s sleep in my bed’ after landing at Glasgow Airport. 

He was photographed on Tuesday evening with his thumbs up at the airport and was pictured embracing his delighted mother Patricia, father Graham and sister Jordan. 

Speaking of his ordeal, he said: ‘I think it was a bad situation, to be honest. I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

‘I still couldn’t believe it had actually happened and what it was that was going on.

He said he put his hand on businessman Emad Tabaza’s hip to avoid spilling a drink in a crowded bar.

His German accuser dropped the complaint, but local prosecutors decided to proceed with the case.

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