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Briton jailed for murder in Dubai

A Briton has been sentenced to 15 years in jail in Dubai after being convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, a British Embassy spokesman said.

Mark Arnold (43), from Stoke-on-Trent, was charged with the murder of South African Kerry Winter after a neighbour allegedly reported seeing him attack her.

Ms Winter has not been seen since August 2008. Her family have urged Arnold to tell the truth about their last meeting, and dismissed his claims of innocence.

In September he told reporters from his prison cell that he and Ms Winter had argued over money but he did not know what happened to her.

“I wish I knew where she was,” he said then. “I am innocent and I want to prove it. I've been in jail for 12 months based only on suspicion.”

But the family dismissed that as a “load of rubbish”.

Ms Winter was last heard from on August 20, 2008 when she phoned her friend, Jo Brown, to say that Arnold had followed her to a hotel. Police allowed family members to question Arnold.

Relatives have said he told them she was alive and well when he left her that day.

But they said Arnold also told them he had beaten Ms Winter up and kept changing his story about where he had left her.

It is understood that Arnold can appeal against his conviction.

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