The mother of 24-year-old football coach Billy Hood, who is serving a 25 year prison sentence in Dubai, has said she is ‘completely broken’ by the situation.
Billy, from Kensington in West London, has been detained in the country since January after police officers discovered a vape pen and some bottles of CBD oil in his rented car.
Cannabis oil substances are illegal in the United Arab Emirates and despite Billy denying they weren’t his, he has now been sentenced for 25 years for trafficking, supplying and possession.
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And now his family have said they are struggling to cope and that the 25-year sentence handed out 10 days ago has broken them.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today (September 14), Billy’s mum Breda Guckion explained how the family was dealing with the nightmare.
She said: “I think for the first nine months even though we knew he had done nothing wrong we still had that hope. But hearing it was 25 years, it broke us. It breaks us every day.
“We’ve had no support from the Foreign Office.
“As a mother, please if anyone can help get Billy home, please do, that’s all I can ask you.”
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Billy’s uncle David Guckion added: “We appeal to anyone in Dubai or the UAE, if you can right this wrong and stop this nightmare we’d be so grateful.”
MyLondon approached the Foreign Office to ascertain what support Billy and his family were receiving.
A spokesman said: “We are giving consular support to a British man who has been imprisoned in the UAE.”
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