Conor McRedmond (28), from Tullamore, County Offaly, could face three years of jail time having been accused of having sex in the back of a taxi with British national, Rebecca Blake.

McRedmond, a welder by trade, appeared at the Dubai Criminal Court on Wednesday. He and Blake are charged with “engaging in consensual sex prior to marriage,” along with drinking alcohol which could mean an extra six months in prison, reports News Track.

Blake and McRedmond met at an “all-you-can-drink” event at The Irish Village hotel bar in Dubai. After the event they hailed a cab together. They angered the driver when they began kissing.

He stopped his cab and complained to police in a parked patrol car. When he returned to his car with an officer they found the couple having sex in the car.

A source told the Irish Independent at the time, “They were completely drunk, started kissing and then got carried away. That's when they started having sex.

“When the police officer went over, he found the woman was completely naked and they were having sex on the back seat.”

Blake, who has since lost her $161,000 a year recruitment Dubai job over the incident, denied the allegations.

She said, “I have no idea where these sex allegations have come from because none were put to me by the authorities. I was arrested for having a bottle of beer in the back of a cab, not having sex. That is all. I was alone in the vehicle.”

Their case will rest on the testimony from the taxi driver and the police officer who arrived at the scene of the crime. The trial will continue on 18th October.

Conor McRedmond and Rebecca Blake, the accused, photographed outside court in DubaiSilvia Baran / i-Images