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Beach sex couple's case adjourned

Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors montage picture
Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors are currently on bail in Dubai

Two Britons found guilty of having sex on a Dubai beach have had an appeal against their convictions adjourned.

Michelle Palmer, 36, of Oakham, Rutland, and Vince Acors, 34, of Bromley, south-east London, have made their case at Dubai's Court of Appeal.

They are on bail after being sentenced in October to three months in prison after they were caught on 5 July and fined for being drunk in public.

Their lawyer said a judge will make a decision on the appeal next Tuesday.

Prosecutors have also appeared in court to argue that the couple's sentences should be increased.

Champagne brunch

The pair's lawyer, Hassan Matter, said: "I made a good appeal and submitted a good defence today. Michelle and Vince are innocent.

"The prosecution appealed in the same hearing today. They say the punishment needs to be bigger. They say it was a very small sentence."

Palmer and Acors were found guilty of unmarried sex and public indecency at Dubai's Court of First Instance.

As well as a prison term, they were fined 1,000 dirhams (160; $350) and issued with deportation orders.

The pair were arrested on Jumeirah Beach hours after meeting at a champagne brunch.

Palmer was sacked from her job in Dubai as a publishing executive after her arrest. Acors was visiting the emirate on holiday.

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