A woman from Sussex who was jailed for a year in Bali in connection with a £1.6 million drug smuggling case has been released.
Rachel Dougall from Brighton and her partner Julian Ponder were arrested in May 2012, after £1.6 million of cocaine was found in another woman's suitcase in Indonesia. Ponder remains in the country serving a six-year prison term.
Rachel Dougall, the 38-year-old Brighton woman arrested in Bali on suspicion of drugs trafficking, claims she has been "set-up" by Lindsay Sandiford, the 55 year old woman caught last month at Bali's airport with cocaine worth £1.6 million in her suitcase.
She told the Daily Telegraph she fears she may never see her six-year-old daughter again.
I have been set up, by this woman Lindsay, I just don't believe what they are saying; that I could be apart from my baby for a long time. I am hallucinating, I can't sleep, I can't eat, I am losing my marbles.
– Rachel Dougall
Dougall had been preparing for her daughter's birthday when Indonesian detectives arrived to search her home. Police found two packets of cigarettes containing cocaine; one in her handbag and one in her daughter's bedroom.
I keep thinking I am at the party. Our friends are around and our daughter is smiling and happy. The last time I saw her she was screaming and crying, she wanted her Mummy.
I had nothing to do with this, it is a set up. The two Marlboro packets with coke appeared. One in my bag, which was in Kitty's room. As if I would have that in my daughter's room? It wasn't mine
The father of a woman from Brighton, says he's worried after she was arrested as part of a cocaine smuggling plot in Bali. Rachel Dougall and Julian Ponder used to run an antiques restoration business in the Sussex city. Her father, Barry Dougall, spoke to Meridian from his Haywards Heath home.
Here are the Brighton couple Rachel Dougall and Julian Ponder arrested as part of the Bali cocaine smuggling plot. Mr Ponder is heard to shout out "Get us an international lawyer. Fit Up". The couple ran an antiques restoration business in Brighton. For more click here.
Two Britons arrested yesterday in Bali over an alleged drug smuggling operation - who have links to Brighton - say they're innocent and have been set up. It's believed Rachel Dougall and Julian Ponder used to restore antiques in Brighton. For more click here.
There are reports in the media today that a British couple arrested as part of cocaine smuggling ring in Bali had connections to Brighton. It's believed Rachel Dougall and Julian Ponder used to restore antiques from a home in Brighton. More to follow later.