A South African hotel employee who had an abortion when she became pregnant after sleeping with a hotel guest was yesterday sentenced to six months in jail, according to a report in The National.
MB, 25, had faced a maximum penalty of 100 lashes and five years in prison, but will be deported after serving her sentence instead.
The court heard she was arrested after she checked into a Sharjah hospital haemorrhaging on September 7 and it transpired she had met an American guest at the Dubai hotel where she was employed and he invited her for an evening out.
She said they had sex, and she never saw him again, however, having gone to the hospital she was reported to police and was charged with committing zina - the Sharia offence of sex outside marriage - and aborting a four-month-old foetus.
Prosecutors were told that after the woman discovered she was pregnant a friend gave her six pills to terminate her pregnancy.
She had served 113 days of her sentence.