Dubai: A woman startled a judge on Tuesday when she refused to marry a worker, with whom she is accused of having consensual sex, in order to be granted a suspended prison sentence.

The suspects, a Filipina and the Pakistani worker, pleaded guilty when they appeared before the Dubai Misdemeanour Court on Tuesday.

“In an obvious attempt to convince the defendants to get married and obtain a lenient judgment, the judge asked the worker: “Are you willing to marry her?”

“I don’t know. If my religion allows me to do so, then yes I agree,” replied the man.

“Aren’t you a Muslim?” the judge asked him.

“Yes I am… I am fine by marrying her,” answered the man.

The judge thereafter turned towards the Filipina, who is also in detention, and asked her: “What is your religion?”

Answering the court’s question through the translator, the woman clarified that she was a Christian.

“Are you willing to marry the man?” the judge asked.

“No, I don’t want to marry him,” replied the Filipina in an apparently defiant manner.

The judge adjourned the case to hand out a judgment later this month.