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Former racer Sean Emmett 'returns' after Dubai death probe

Sean Emmett
Image caption Sean Emmett met Dubai prosecutors last month to discuss his case

A former superbike racer who found himself at the centre of a murder probe in Dubai after his wife fell from a balcony has said his case is closed and he will be returning to the UK.

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

Earlier Mr Emmett, of Addlestone, Surrey, tweeted he expected it to be returned within two weeks.

He said the British Embassy had been notified by the Dubai chief prosecutor.

On Twitter, Mr Emmett wrote: "Woohoo!!! The Embassy have had a call from Chief Prosecutor to say my case is fully closed now. My passport will be returned in due course!"

Mr Emmett said the news came exactly nine months after he arrived in Dubai for what he thought would be a 48-hour stopover as the couple returned to the UK at the end of their honeymoon.

He wrote: "I'll keep you all posted on getting my passport, should be 2 weeks apparently. Then home, see my kids and write my book."

Alcohol fine

Abbie Emmett, 27, died after falling from the window of the couple's room at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel on 19 February.

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

Image caption The couple had been in Dubai on a 48-hour stopover

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

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

Mr Emmett, who won 19 British Superbike events during his career, was arrested when he went to a police station to complete paperwork relating to his wife's death.

His passport was confiscated and he was fined 2,000 dirham (£350) for drinking alcohol without a licence.

His passport was then not returned leaving him unable to return to the UK.

He was never arrested or charged over her death.

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