Family of air hostess in Dubai prison ‘worried for her life’

Family of air hostess in Dubai prison 'worried for her life'

The family of an air hostess being held in a Dubai prison are “worried for her life” after she reportedly fell ill while in custody.

Derrin Crawford was arrested last Thursday after police raided her date’s apartment and found two cannabis joints.

The 23-year-old, from Liverpool, was arrested alongside the man she had only met for the first time that night.

Derrin, who works as cabin crew for Emirates, was told she would be released if she passed a drug test but despite tested negative on Friday, she is still being held by authorities.

Now, Derrin’s family say she needs “urgent medical assistance” after developing septic tonsillitis over the weekend.

Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai, has stated on Twitter that her legal team and working to help Derrin and her family.

Detained In Dubai are a company that work to help people arrested abroad.

Derrin Crawford’s family are worried for her life as she developed septic tonsillitis while being held in a Dubai prison

Speaking out on Twitter about the situation, Ms Stirling said: “Derrin Crawford’s family are extremely concerned for her health.

“Derrin suffers from tonsillitis which can cause her airways to close.

“Derrin’s condition can escalate to septic (life threatening) if left.

“Please arrange medical urgently.”

Later on Tuesday she added: “Our legal team attending @DubaiPoliceHQ for #DerrinCrawford who has been @detainedindubai since Thursday & is in need of urgent medical care for septic tonsilitis.

“Family VERY worried for her life.”

Speaking to the MailOnline, her sister Danielle, 28, said how Derrin, who lost her mother aged 11, moved to Dubai in September 2018 after securing a dream job with Emirates.

Danielle said: “She is innocent, she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police have been trying to interrogate her, but she doesn’t even know this guy.

“When she was arrested the police took her phone, she managed to call me a few days later when she was being transferred to jail. At first I couldn’t understand what she was saying because she was just crying and crying. She didn’t eat or sleep for days.

“She doesn’t drink or smoke and has a good job with Emirates, so it is a shame she has got caught up in all this. She’s only 23 and is just so scared.”

23-year-old Derrin Crawford
(Image: Facebook)

Officers in Dubai reportedly agreed to Derrin go if she tested negative for drugs.

She is said to have passed the test on Thursday but is still being held.

Danielle added: “I’m trying to get her a solicitor but I’m really concerned for her welfare.”

A spokesman for the Foreign Office told the ECHO : “We are supporting a British woman who is currently detained in the UAE and will look to visit her when local lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Derrin Crawford is a air hostess for Emirates originally from Liverpool
(Image: Facebook)

“We are in contact with Emirati authorities and have provided details of local lawyers to her family.”

A petition set up to secure Derrin’s release has been signed by more than 6,000 people. You can view it here.

The creator of the petition wrote: “Derrin has had a difficult life after losing her mum at age 11 and soon after her aunty who was her secondary caregiver.

“Moving to Dubai was a dream come true to her now it is a nightmare.

“This petition is to raise awareness and get to the attention of UK Government Officials in the Foreign Office; Dominic Raab (Foreign Secretary) and Simon McDonald (Head of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service).

“[They] have the authority to further push/speak with Government Officials in Dubai to release her or at least return her to her family in the UK. She is young, innocent and living a nightmare.”

Liverpool Echo – Liverpool News