Free Billy Hood, 24-year-old pro footballer sentenced to 25 years in Dubai. #FreeBilly

Free Billy Hood, 24-year-old pro footballer sentenced to 25 years in Dubai. #FreeBilly

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24-year-old pro footballer sentenced to 25 years in Dubai.

Our friend Billy is a 24-year-old semi-pro footballer and coach from Kensington has been sentenced to a whopping 25 years after Dubai police discovered 4 small bottles of CBD oil left in his car by a friend he’d driven to the airport two weeks earlier.
Billy Hood was forced to confess in Arabic after being pressured by Criminal Investigation Department officers. He’s been sentenced for trafficking, selling and possessing a few grams of CBD in the medieval justice system.

In a statement to lawyers, the anti-drugs fitness fanatic who was arrested on the 31st of January 2021 described what happened, “One officer jumped out and pointed a taser at me, threatening to use it if I didn’t cooperate. They demanded I show them where the drugs are. I was shocked, scared and confused. I told them I wasn’t aware or in possession of any drugs or substances. They wanted to search my car then my apartment and found nothing”.

Billy was sure they had the wrong man and volunteered for his property and body to be searched. 

On Billy’s arrival at Criminal Investigation Department headquarters, the head officer insisted he explain the contents of the bottle, “To my knowledge, it is normal vape oil”. Officers processed the urine sample which returned negative. Billy was asked to sign a document in Arabic. He kindly asked for an English translation but the officer replied, laughingly, “If you do not sign, you will never leave CID”. Billy refused to sign so was sent back to a holding cell. 3 days later He succumbed to the pressure and agreed to sign the document in Arabic, not knowing its content.

Billy is known amongst his friends and loved ones to have always had a zero-tolerance for any drugs or illegal substances. Billy moved to the UAE to pursue his coaching career. He spent 6+ years collecting his coaching badges and would never let something such as drugs ruin everything.

Billy’s brother, Alexander and his family have been working with local lawyers to appeal Billy’s convictions but they only have a short time left. “If he doesn’t win his appeal, we will never be the same. We will have lost our beloved Billy”.

The family hopes the court exonerates Billy but their desperate hopes to see him by Christmas are bringing daily despair.

Billy is a great friend to me and many others, please sign this petition to bring Billy back home to his family and friends.

#FreeBilly

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