The mom of a British soccer coach who has been jailed for 25 years in Dubai after 4 small bottles of vape liquid containing cannabis oil have been discovered in his automotive has revealed the sentencing ‘breaks me every single day’.
Breda Guckion, 52, mentioned she ‘nonetheless had hope’ that Billy Hood can be launched from jail, however upon listening to her son would spend 1 / 4 of a century behind bars she mentioned ‘it fully broke me’.
Hood, 24, from Notting Hill, West London, was given the tough sentence regardless of having the ability to show the vape liquid belonged to a visiting good friend who had mistakenly left them in his automotive.
The health fanatic, who is anti-drugs and does not smoke, was arrested 9 months in the past in January and convicted by a court docket of drug trafficking with intent to produce final week.
His heartbroken mom Breda instructed Good Morning Britain on Thursday: ‘I believe that for the primary 9 months, although we knew he had executed nothing incorrect, we nonetheless had that hope.
‘But listening to that it was 25 years, it broke us, it fully broke us.’
Breda, combating again tears, added: ‘It nonetheless breaks me every single day simply fascinated by it. Just seeing his photograph breaks me now.’
Speaking about why the vape liquid was discovered in his automotive, she defined: ‘He had dropped off one of his pals on the airport and so they had left it in the automotive. And that is why it was there.’
Police in Dubai are thought to have singled out Hood after monitoring WhatsApp messages and searching for key phrases associated to medication. Every week earlier than his arrest the good friend who owned the vape liquid despatched a message telling Hood he had mistakenly left it behind in his automotive.
British soccer coach Billy Hood, 24, from London, (pictured) has been jailed for 25 years in Dubai after 4 small bottles of vape liquid containing cannabis oil have been discovered in his automotive
Breda Guckion, 52, mentioned the household had ‘hope’ that Billy Hood can be launched from jail, however upon listening to her son would spend 1 / 4 of a century behind bars she mentioned ‘it fully broke them’
The ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed was final week revealed to have used adware to hack into the cellphone of his ex-wife and her lawyer Baroness Shackleton whereas a custody listening to was happening on the High Court.
The United Arab Emirates are recognized to be customers of the Israeli made adware often called Pegasus.
Hood, who performed semi-professional soccer for Kensington and Ealing Borough FC, was shocked when police unexpectedly turned up at his flat in January and demanded to go looking his house and company automotive.
Four small vials of vape liquid containing cannabis oil (CBD) and a vape pen have been later discovered in the passenger door compartment.
After his arrest Hood volunteered to take a urine check for medication which got here again damaging.
Vape liquid containing CBD ( cannabis oil) is offered by excessive road shops in the UK and completely authorized though they have to include lower than 0.2% of THC which is the ingredient that results in customers getting ‘excessive’.
Cannabis and cannabis oil is unlawful in Dubai the place there is a zero tolerance to medication.
Billy mentioned: ‘I don’t smoke vape pens, cigarettes and even sheesha. I’m very anti-drugs and spend my days teaching in faculties with kids.
‘I had simply moved to a brand new house in Dubai and went to get a cellphone charger from my automotive once I was all of a sudden approached by police.
‘They jumped out to arrest me, handcuffed me. One officers pointed a taser at me, threatening to make use of it if I didn’t cooperate.
Police in Dubai are thought to have singled out Billy (left, together with his aunt) after monitoring WhatsApp messages as every week earlier than his arrest the good friend, who owned the vape liquid, despatched a message telling him he had mistakenly left it behind in his automotive
‘They demanded I present them the place the medication have been. I used to be shocked and confused and instructed them I wasn’t in possession of any medication.’
Hood mentioned one of the arresting officers mentioned they have been in him from social media however didn’t take his cellphone or computer. He maintains there was no point out of the vape liquid on social media however in one WhatsApp message.
Police additionally discovered a couple of thousand kilos in money in his flat however Hood’s employers instructed police that they had paid him they money whereas his checking account was being arrange.
The stress group Detained in Dubai, who’re representing the household, consider the one rationalization for police turning up unannounced might be authorities monitoring WhatsApp and studying the message concerning the vape liquid.
Vape liquid containing CBD with lower than 0.2% of THC is authorized in the UK, however is unlawful in Dubai the place there is a zero tolerance to medication (stock picture)
Hood was held at a police station for 4 days the place he was instructed if he didn’t signal a confession written in Arabic he would by no means be allowed to depart.
Family members mentioned he was so frightened and drained that he agreed not realizing he had admitted such critical crimes.
When Hood appeared earlier than a court docket final week and was convicted of drug smuggling, possession and provide and given the utmost sentence.
His fearful household are pinning their hopes on an enchantment subsequent week the place attorneys will argue he was bullied into signing the confession and show there is no proof that the vape liquid was his.
His brother Alex instructed Mail Online: ‘It has been troublesome to deal with Billy’s ongoing detention and the concept that he might be in jail till he is 50.
‘You couldn’t meet anybody extra health centered that Billy. He has by no means been into medication and doesn’t even smoke. We by no means thought transferring to Dubai might be a one-way ticket.’
The household are essential of the British Embassy in Dubai who they declare haven’t visited Billy through the 9 months he has been held in jail.
Hood’s mom Breda mentioned: ‘I’ve hidden myself away crying and crying once I assume of what my son is going by.
‘It is not possible that he is concerned in medication and my son doesn’t deserve this and I enchantment to Sheikh Mohammed to intervene in this case. My son is harmless.’
Radha Sterling, founder of Detained in Dubai, mentioned: Dubai police’s handing of medication instances has resulted in quite a few unfair detentions of overseas nationals.
‘We have seen folks arrested and even convicted with out proof, usually on the idea of a compelled confession in Arabic or from some third celebration.
‘Drug convictions are prestigious for police resulting in promotions and the courts don’t want substantial proof to safe a conviction. Foreign nationals discover it nearly not possible to attain a good listening to and false allegations are frequent place.’