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British man jailed for 25 years in Dubai for cannabis vape oil ‘was beaten

British man jailed for 25 years in Dubai for cannabis vape oil ‘was beaten by police for five days and tasered to make him sign a confession’, friend claims

  • Footballer Billy Hood, 24, from London, sentenced to 25 years in prison in Dubai
  • His best friend Alfie Cain claimed Hood was beaten and slapped at the Al-Barsha prison in Dubai by police officers until he signed a confession to drugs charges
  • Police found vape liquid containing CBD oil after searching his car in January and the vape belong to a visiting friend
  • Cannabis and cannabis oil is illegal in Dubai and there is zero tolerance to drugs

The British football coach jailed for 25 years in Dubai after four small bottles of vape liquid containing cannabis oil were found in his car was allegedly tasered and beaten for five days to make him sign a confession, his friend has claimed.

Billy Hood, 24, was arrested in January and convicted by a court of drug trafficking with intent to supply – despite being able to prove the vape liquid belonged to a visiting friend who had mistakenly left it in his car.

His best friend Alfie Cain, 24, has since claimed Hood told him he was beaten, slapped, and only given bread and small amounts of water while at the Al-Barsha prison by police officers.
His best friend Alfie Cain, 24, has since claimed Hood told him he was beaten, slapped, and only given bread and small amounts of water while at the Al-Barsha prison by police officers.

Hood, from Notting Hill, west London, told Cain he only signed a confession to the drugs charges, which was written in Arabic, because officers said if he did the abuse would stop.

Hood’s mother Breda Guckion, 55, also claimed officers laughed in her son’s face as he slept on the floor of a prison cell with 30 others and told him that if he didn’t sign the confession, ‘you’re not getting out of here’.


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Cain, who is a football agent, told The Sun: ‘It’s been bad at Al-Barsha, I’m not going to sugar coat it.

‘When they took him to the CID drugs unit they beat him for an entire five days, he told me police officers tasered him, slapped him in the face and all they fed him was bread and a little water.

‘He was basically tortured and put in a cell with 30 other people for five days.’

Family members have said Hood was so frightened and tired that he agreed to sign a confession, written in Arabic, not knowing he had admitted to such serious crimes.

Police in Dubai are thought to have singled out Hood after monitoring WhatsApp messages and looking for key words related to drugs. A week before his arrest the friend who owned the vape liquid sent a message telling Hood he had mistakenly left it behind in his car.

Billy Hood’s best friend Alfie Cain, 24, (pictured) has claimed Hood told him he was beaten, slapped, and only given bread and small amounts of water while at the Al-Barsha jail by police officers
British football coach Billy Hood, 24, from London, (pictured) has been jailed for 25 years in Dubai after four small bottles of vape liquid containing cannabis oil were found in his car

Speaking about Hood’s confession, Cain said: ‘Billy said they told him he could go home if he signed the paper, that’s why he gave in and signed that piece of paper in Arabic he had no idea what he signing, but he just wanted to make it stop.’

The claims come after Hood’s mother Breda said that the 25-year prison sentence ‘breaks me every day’.

Speaking about her son’s prison conditions in Dubai, Breda told Good Morning Britain on Thursday: ‘I know in the beginning they weren’t good, when they made him sign that statement.

‘I know that he was in a room with 30 others, sleeping on a floor with a blanket, bread and water – nothing else. Until he signed that statement that was in Arabic.


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‘I think he did after the fourth or fifth day, but they laughed in his face and said, “Well, if you don’t sign it you’re not getting out of here”.’

Breda admitted that she ‘still had hope’ that Hood would be released from prison, but upon hearing her son would spend a quarter of a century behind bars she said ‘it completely broke me’.

The heartbroken mother said: ‘I think that for the first nine months, even though we knew he had done nothing wrong, we still had that hope.

‘But hearing that it was 25 years, it broke us, it completely broke us.’

Breda, fighting back tears, added: ‘It still breaks me every day just thinking about it. Just seeing his photo breaks me now.’

Speaking about why the vape liquid was found in his car, she explained: ‘He had dropped off one of his friends at the airport and they had left it in the car. And that’s why it was there.’

Breda Guckion, 52, said the family had ‘hope’ that Billy Hood would be released from prison, but upon hearing her son would spend a quarter of a century behind bars she said ‘it completely broke them

Police in Dubai are thought to have singled out Hood after monitoring WhatsApp messages and looking for key words related to drugs such as ‘CBD’.

A week before his arrest the friend who owned the vape liquid sent a message telling Hood he had mistakenly left it behind in his car.

Breda said it is thought that the message was intercepted because it had ‘CBD’ in it. She said: ‘Everything we get from them is in Arabic, so we’re finding it hard to translate everything but yes, that’s what they say.’

The ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed was last week revealed to have used spyware to hack into the phone of his ex-wife and her lawyer Baroness Shackleton while a custody hearing was taking place at the High Court.

The United Arab Emirates are known to be users of the Israeli made spyware known as Pegasus.

Hood, who played semi-professional football for Kensington and Ealing Borough FC, was stunned when police unexpectedly turned up at his flat in January and demanded to search his home and company car.

Four small vials of vape liquid containing cannabis oil (CBD) and a vape pen were later found in the passenger door compartment.

After his arrest Hood volunteered to take a urine test for drugs which came back negative.

Source: Dailymail

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