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Dubai fines British widower after bride's death

Tuesday - 4/30/2013, 9:01am  ET

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A Dubai court has fined a grieving British widower who allegedly arrived drunk to sign police paperwork to release the body of his wife. She had died in a balcony fall on their honeymoon.

Police claim Sean Nicholas Emmett, a former motorcycle racer, arrived intoxicated at a police station in late February to claim the body of his 27-year-old wife, Abbie.

She died the previous week in an apparently accidental fall from a Dubai high-rise hotel during their honeymoon. Emmett left Dubai last month.

The fine of nearly $500 for drinking alcohol without a license was imposed on Tuesday in absentia.

Alcohol is widely available in Dubai resorts and hotels, but a local permit is required for drinking in homes and other places -- although the rule is often ignored.

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