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British woman Laura Plummer 'jailed for three years for smuggling drugs into Egypt'

  • Video report by ITV News correspondent Martha Fairlie

A British woman accused of smuggling drugs into Egypt has been jailed for three years, her family has said.

Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested after she was found to be carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the UK but banned in Egypt.

Ms Plummer's family, who have described her as "naive", said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.

According to a Facebook group set up Ms Plummer's family, she appeared in court in Egypt on Boxing Day and was jailed for three years.

Jayne Synclair, Ms Plummer's sister, told ITV News the family was "devastated" by the news, having believed that Laura would receive clemency.

"Everyone in court believed that [Laura] was coming home," she said. "But she's not."

The family said Ms Plummer's lawyers immediately lodged an appeal.

Tramadol is a strong painkiller which is only available on prescription. Credit: PA

Laura Plummer appeared in court on Christmas Day but the judge adjourned the case for a day because of her condition, according to her sister, Rachel.

Their mother, Roberta Sinclair, travelled to Egypt for the hearings.

Rachel Plummer said the family did not know whether the appeal would be heard on Tuesday.

"We're just hoping. Even half of that would be better. Anything less than three years."

"She doesn't deserve that," she added.

Ms Plummer was arrested in October Credit: PA

The family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea that what she doing was illegal and was just "daft".

They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner.

Mrs Sinclair said her daughter was being held in terrible conditions in a communal cell with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women.

Ms Plummer is being held in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, where she was arrested at the airport on October 9.

Her family had been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty.