Billy Hood: Football coach’s Dubai jail term…


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Billy Hood claims the oil was left in his automotive by a pal who had been visiting from England

A soccer coach who was jailed in Dubai after 4 bottles of vape liquid containing hashish oil have been present in his automotive has had his sentence decreased.

Billy Hood, 24, claims he was compelled to signal a confession written in Arabic regardless of not talking the language.

He was initially jailed for 25 years however had his sentence decreased to 10 years at an Abu Dhabi courtroom on Tuesday, marketing campaign group Detained in Dubai mentioned.

Mr Hood, from west London, claimed the oil was left by a pal.

His mum Breda Guckion mentioned the results of the enchantment was “not likely welcomed”.

She informed BBC Breakfast: “Billy has executed nothing mistaken. We thought we have been going to search out out that Billy was going to have the ability to come house.

“He is been informed that the fees towards him have been dropped but he’s nonetheless there for an additional ten years – it is heart-breaking.

“He is been capable of cellphone a few instances, he says it is okay however you possibly can hear in his voice that he isn’t.

“Billy is sort of strong-hearted and upbeat, however you possibly can hear the battle in him goes.”

Pressured confession

The Abu Dhabi Normal Directorate for Drug Management (GDDC) mentioned it discovered hashish oil and 570 particular person cartridges for use for substance vaping.

Substantial quantities of money and “an digital hookah” have been additionally present in his automotive on 2 February, shortly after he moved to the nation.

Mr Hood, who performed semi-professional soccer for Kensington and Ealing Borough FC, informed Detained in Dubai police had unexpectedly turned up and demanded to go looking his house and automotive.

He claimed the oil was left by a pal who had been visiting from England two weeks earlier.

However Mr Hood, from Notting Hill, claimed he was compelled to signal a confession after being pressured by native regulation enforcement.

The Unite Arab Emirate’s (UAE) public prosecution denied this, claiming Mr Hood had entry to an English interpreter in any respect related levels, together with his questioning, confession and trial.

In an announcement, the prosecutors mentioned: “Mr Hood was convicted primarily based on proof together with the objects present in his possession, data on his cellphone, third occasion assertion, and his personal confession.”

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Billy Hood’s household are interesting to the UK and UAE authorities to intervene

Vaping cannabidiol (CBD) oil is authorized within the UK and has grow to be extraordinarily standard – usually used to alleviate ache, nervousness or stress.

The Overseas Workplace advise there’s a “zero-tolerance for drugs-related offences” within the UAE.

Sentences for drug trafficking can embody the demise penalty and possession of even the smallest quantity of unlawful medication can result in a minimal four-year jail sentence.

Detained in Dubai chief govt Radha Stirling mentioned Mr Hood was “compelled to admit to federal crimes with guarantees of his imminent launch”.

“He was given each a carrot and a stick, so some prosecutor may get his dues. It is all too acquainted a narrative,” she mentioned.

“Dubai’s overzealous prosecution has ruined this younger man’s life and put him and his household by hell.”

The Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace mentioned it was “giving consular help to a British man who has been imprisoned within the UAE”.

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