London, October 16 : A British couple were taken into custody and later sentenced to three months jail in Dubai after they were found guilty of having sex on a beach.
Vince Acors, 34, was holidaying when he met 36-year-old Michelle Palmer.
The pair was arrested on Jumeirah Beach hours after meeting at a champagne brunch at Dubai's five-star Le Meridien hotel.
A police official told the court that he had to arrest the duo after finding them having sex on a sun lounger - despite his earlier warning against their inappropriate behaviour.
Palmer, who has lost her job as a publishing executive following the incident, claimed in a statement that they had been 'just kissing and hugging'.
The couple, who denied the charges, was fined 160 pounds along with the order to serve three months in jail after which they would be deported.
Though they were out on bail, the pair was also ordered not to leave the country.
Their attorney revealed that they would make an appeal against the sentence and hopes the verdict would be overturned.
Senior prosecutor Faisal Abdelmalek Ahli said he was disappointed at the length of sentence.
"I'm not happy. It's very light. It's normal for a sentence to be six months to a year for an offence such as this," BBC quoted him as speaking outside the court.