Tuesday, April 8, 2014

UAE: Brazilian DUI Defendant, 31, Gets Jail Sentence Doubled, Pays US$40,836 Blood Money

According to The National, a Brazilian defendant, 31, who killed British tourist Gavin Duffy, 29, as the Briton was hit and killed while crossing a roadway on foot and then attempted to flee the UAE, has had has his sentence increased from two to four months.

The defendant denied responsibility for the death of Gavin Duffy when he appeared at the Dubai Court of Appeal. However, he eventually confessed to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The Brazilian was convicted of January 26, 2014, by the Dubai Traffic Court of driving under the influence of alcohol, causing a Briton's death and fleeing the scene of an accident. 

COMMENT: The defendant was initially sentenced to two months in prison, ordered to pay Dh150,000 (US$40,836.20) and had his driving licence suspended for six months.

Prosecutors subsequently said his sentence was too lenient and appealed for a longer jail term.

The Court of Appeal also increased the suspension of B T’s driving licence to 12 months, but upheld the Dh150,000 blood-money settlement. 

Duffy, 29, had only been on holiday in Dubai for two days when he was killed as he crossed Al Sufouh Road at 0200 hours on November 23, 2013. 

A passer-by noted the defendant's car licence plate number and informed the police. He was arrested in the duty-free area of Dubai Airport before he could board a 0420 hours flight to Beirut.