Briton Ian Mackellar, 74, is ‘utterly devastated’ that he will be taken to Dubai court after complaining about noisy New Year’s Eve party, his heartbroken wife reveals

Briton Ian Mackellar, 74, is ‘utterly devastated’ that he will be taken to Dubai court after complaining about noisy New Year’s Eve party, his heartbroken wife reveals

The heartbroken spouse of a 74-year-old man who’s being taken to court docket in Dubai for complaining a few neighbour’s noisy New Yr’s Eve half says she’s terrified he could die in a UAE jail. 

Ian Mackellar, 74, and his spouse, of Newtonhill, had been visiting their daughter and 18-month-old granddaughter within the United Arab Emirates as 2023 got here to an finish.

On the evening, Ian, a retired economics professor, went to complain about music coming from a celebration, however was accused of trespassing, reported to the police and arrested.

The Mackellar household had hoped the matter can be resolved and he can be allowed to return residence, however has been held within the nation properly after he was attributable to fly residence on January 10. 

Carol, his spouse of 49 years, says she’s scared he could by no means go away the UAE alive. 

Ian Mackellar, 74, and his spouse, of Newtonhill, had been visiting their daughter and 18-month-old granddaughter within the United Arab Emirates

Ian, a colon cancer survivor who is currently undergoing treatment for high blood pressure, is currently 'very despondent'

Ian, a colon most cancers survivor who’s at present present process remedy for hypertension, is at present ‘very despondent’

‘He could not survive, I can not see him surviving in jail’ she informed The Occasions. 

‘I am totally devastated and my husband is as properly. I am lonely sitting right here and never figuring out what is going on to occur.’

She added that Ian, a colon most cancers survivor who’s at present present process remedy for hypertension, is at present ‘very despondent’, and hasn’t been in a position to in a position to go away his mattress for a number of days. 

Ian stated he was babysitting his granddaughter on New Yr’s Eve, when noises from a close-by celebration bled into his daughter’s residence. 

Carol beforehand stated of the incident: ‘I haven’t got an issue in any respect with a celebration but it surely was so loud the home windows had been rattling.’

The Mackellers’ daughter was anxious about beginning work at 5.30am and their granddaughter couldn’t sleep.

Their daughter posted in a neighborhood residence Fb group asking the neighbours to show the noise down, however the music turned louder.

Mr Mackeller, together with his granddaughter in his arms, knocked on the door of the home celebration however acquired no reply.

So he walked into the again backyard when immediately three males and the host rushed at him and pushed him.

When he left, the host – who was a Lebanese lady who had lived within the UAE for years – adopted him into the road shouting and swearing at him. She then threw a drink at him and the infant and when he returned residence he was ‘soaking moist’.

Dubai police arrested him, and menacingly told him he was lucky to be an elderly man, as they would've thrown him in prison for the alleged crime

Dubai police arrested him, and menacingly informed him he was fortunate to be an aged man, as they might’ve thrown him in jail for the alleged crime

Ms Mackeller talked him out of calling the police as UAE has strict legal guidelines for foreigners and the celebration lastly wound down at 3.30am. However on January 2, police knocked on the door because the neighbours had reported Ian for trespassing.

He was questioned for hours and was informed he was fortunate as if he had been youthful he would have been thrown in jail instantly.

Officers stated the neighbour is refusing to drop the fees.

A spokesman for his or her MP, Andrew Bowie, Conservative MP for West Aberdeenshire beforehand informed MailOnline: ‘Andrew has engaged with the Overseas Workplace after being contacted by Mr McKellar, and has given particulars of his case to the related minister.

‘Andrew’s workplace are giving Mr McKellar’s household recommendation and help, and are working to assist get him the medical assist he wants.’

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai, stated: ‘It is a very unhappy state of affairs. No person would ever think about {that a} well mannered request to show the music down would lead to a journey ban and felony prosecution.

‘Repeatedly, we’re reminded {that a} easy journey to Dubai can certainly be a one-way ticket. If the case is not dropped, Ian will probably find yourself in prisons infamous for human rights violations, and he merely does not deserve it.’

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