London, Oct 17 : British woman Michelle Palmer, who has been jailed for having sex on a Dubai beach, was a victim of media trail, says a close pal.
A former colleague of the 36-year-old said that Palmer was "in bits" and had left her home only once in the last three months.
Palmer of Oakham, Rutland, was indicted for having sex on Jumeirah beach along with Vince Acors, 34, and was sentenced to three months in jail, deportation and fined 1,000 dirhams (155 pounds).
The pal, who wanted her identity to be kept anonymous, stated that the whole incident was blown out of proportion and the media did nothing but malign Michelle.
"If it wasn't for all the lies and gossip of ex-pats, they would've been treated much differently," The Mirror quoted the pal, as saying.
"It's been blown out of all proportion and it's been trial by media. If the media hadn't have picked up on it, the case would never have got this far," the pal added.
The pal also revealed that Michelle was even getting panic attacks and developed a fear from the media.
"She has been slandered and so many lies have been written about her," the pal said.
"She has made more press in the UK than some murderers," the pal added.