British lawyer twins sentenced to six months behind bars for attacking policewoman in Dubai

The incident happened when Sasha and Alena Parker were out partying one night in August 2017 and were arrested outside a luxury hotel in the Emirates. 


                            British lawyer twins sentenced to six months behind bars for attacking policewoman in Dubai

Twin sisters from London working for a reputed Dubai law firm have been sentenced to six months in prison after they were found guilty of "roguish behaviour" including resisiting arrest and assaulting a policewoman

The incident happened when Sasha and Alena Parker were out partying one night in August 2017 and were arrested outside a luxury hotel in the Emirates. 

The Dubai Criminal Court convicted the 37-year-old pair of assault on June 19, 2018, wth Shaikha Hamad, the presiding judge in the case, saying that at the evidence that was collected against the twins was "strong and solid" despite the two of them entering  not guilty pleas. The judge also ordered that they be deported from Dubai once they are released, the Daily Star reported.


 

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Despite the conviction, the Parker sisters, who did not appear in court, are free on bail for the moment and have approximately a month to decide if they want to appeal the sentences or not.

 

The court heard how the twins, who both work for law firm Al Safar & Partners and had previously been in soft porn films while in London, punched and scratched a female officer before they threw her to the ground.

The judge was told that the incident started after paramedics responded to reports that Alena had hurt her hand after she left a drinks reception in the Al Barsha district on August 4, 2017.

It was reported that one of the sisters had slammed the ambulance door on a paramedic's hand.

The 23-year-old officer, who was assaulted, told the court: "She [Alena Parker] was sitting inside the ambulance when we got there and the second one [Sasha Parker] was standing next to the ambulance and screaming."

The court then heard that the paramedic, who was hurt, did not want to press charges against the twins but the police decided to detain the duo because they were drunk. The officer then told the judge that the women tried to resist arrest.


 

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He said: "We were ordered to handcuff them and take them in. While in the car, they both started screaming and banging on the windows." The court also heard that when they all reached the police station, the twins were left in the car with a colleague and a policewoman.

He said: "I went to get another set of handcuffs, since the ones we used were too big, but when I returned, I found both women on top of the policewoman, assaulting her." The policewoman said that she had been caught off-guard and was then thrown to the ground. She testified in court saying: "It was surprising because I did nothing to them nor did I even speak to them."

She said: "They assaulted me and pushed me down on the floor. I fell down and injured my head and elbow." She then alleged that the twins cursed her and Arab women in general. She also said that one of the twins scratched her with their nails.

The pair from London appeared at a Dubai Misdemeanours Court on April 23. The two of them then pleaded not guilty to insulting, resisting arrest and assaulting a policewoman.

The Sun reported then that if the twins were found to be guilty, they could potentially face three years in a Dubai prison for their alleged "roguish behaviour". The report that was filed by the police said: "Two intoxicated British [legal] advocates were behaving outrageously".


 

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According to the Daily Mail, the firm for which the women work has denied all of the accusations on behalf of the twins.


 

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The judge heard evidence from three policemen and one lieutenant. The twins were then bailed out till a full hearing takes place in the court.

Alena's resumé shows that she studied at the University of Westminster between the years of 2002 and 2007 before she moved to Dubai where she started working as a legal advisor at Al Safar & Partners in the same year. She specializes in commercial and property disputes. Her twin, Sasha, posts pictures and videos of her lavish lifestyle on social media on a regular basis.

The British Foreign Office has confirmed that they were assisting the twins in the case.