Dubai wife death ex-racer Sean Emmett flies back to UK

image captionSean Emmett tweeted a picture of himself with his travel document

A former superbike racer who found himself at the centre of a murder probe in Dubai after his wife fell from a balcony has had his passport returned and is flying back to the UK.

Sean Emmett was unable to leave Dubai after police confiscated his documents following his wife's death in February.

But Mr Emmett, of Addlestone, Surrey, said on Tuesday he finally had his passport and was due to fly home.

He said he had been in "limbo" for 10 months and it had been "horrendous".

He also tweeted a picture of himself with his passport, following an online campaign and petition for him to return to the UK.

'Rough time'

He said: "The amount of times I've been to collect it and not collect it - things go wrong - but everything went swimmingly this time.

"I just went in and within 15 minutes I had my passport and I'm now flying out. I'm so relieved. It hasn't quite sunk in yet."

Mr Emmett said he had still not had time to grieve after his wife's death.

"Abbie's body was sent back three months after [her death], then I had to go through missing her, my own wife's funeral, so I've had a pretty tough time to say the least."

He said his first priority on arriving in the UK on Wednesday would be to see his mother in Selsey in West Sussex and his children.

And Mr Emmett said he did not know why the Dubai authorities closed the case but said he had received massive public support on Twitter and Facebook for his return, and also a petition to the UK government.

Alcohol fine

Abbie Emmett, 27, died after falling from the window of the couple's room at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel.

They had been in Dubai on a 48-hour stopover after their wedding and honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa.

Her death was recorded as suicide and Dubai Police at first said they did not believe there were any suspicious circumstances.

But later the Dubai media reported prosecutors were investigating whether Mrs Emmett was murdered.

Mr Emmett, who won 19 British Superbike events during his career, was never arrested or charged over her death.

His passport was confiscated when he went to a police station to complete paperwork relating to his wife's death and he was fined 2,000 dirham (£350) for drinking alcohol without a licence.

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