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British gran one of four Brits jailed over Bali drugs

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January.
Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer Indonesia

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death after being found guilty of drug trafficking in January.

Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years for possessing drugs.
Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years for possessing drugs. Credit: ITV News

Sandiford's alleged accomplice, Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years in Bali after being cleared of drugs smuggling but convicted of possessing drugs. He remains in jail.

Read: Bali drugs Brit jailed for six years

Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December.
Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December. Credit: Reuters

His partner, Rachel Dougall, also from Brighton, received a one-year jail term and has now returned to the UK after serving her sentence.

Paul Beales was a long-time Bali resident.
Paul Beales was a long-time Bali resident. Credit: ITV News

Paul Beales, a long-time Bali resident, was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of hashish. He remains in jail.

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The four Britons involved in Bali drug offences case

British national Julian Ponder is appearing in court today for the verdict of his trial for drug offences in Bali.

He has been cleared of drugs smuggling but faces a lesser charge of possession, which carries a life sentence.

Julian Ponder will find out his fate today
Julian Ponder will find out his fate today Credit: ITV News

Ponder is the last of four Britons to be sentenced after Lindsay Sandiford - a 56-year-old grandmother from Cheltenham - was arrested for smuggling cocaine into Bali last year.

Last week, she was sentenced to death although prosecutors had asked for a 15-year jail sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford
Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death after being found guilty of drug trafficking. Credit: Reuters

Read: Surprise death sentence for British grandmother convicted of smuggling drugs in Indonesia

In December, Ponder's partner Rachel Dougall was cleared of being involved in an alleged international drug trafficking ring in Bali, but found guilty of drug possession, and sentenced to one year in prison.

Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December
Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December

Read: British mother sentenced to one year for drug possession

In the same month, 40-year-old Brit Paul Beales was sentenced to four years in prison for possessing drugs

Paul Beales escorted by a policeman as he arrived for a court appearance
Paul Beales escorted by a policeman as he arrived for a court appearance Credit: Reuters

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British man Julian Ponder faces Bali drug case verdict

British national Julian Ponder will learn his fate today after being accused of drugs offences in Bali. Ponder was cleared of drugs smuggling but faces a lesser charge of possession, which carries a life sentence.

He was one of three Britons detained after Lindsey Sandiford - a 56-year-old grandmother from Cheltenham - was arrested for smuggling cocaine into Bali last year.

An Indonesian court is due to deliver its verdict in the case of British man Julian Ponder who is accused of drugs offences. Credit: ITV News

Earlier this month Lindsey Sandiford was sentenced to death after being found guilty of drug trafficking. The cocaine she smuggled was reportedly worth around £1.6 million. Ms Sandiford has launched an appeal.

In December Ponder's partner - and fellow Brit - Rachel Dougall was cleared of being involved in an alleged international drug trafficking ring in Bali, but found guilty of drug possession, and sentenced to one year in prison.

In the same month 40-year-old Brit Paul Beales was sentenced to four years in prison for possessing drugs.

Read: Surprise death sentence for British grandmother convicted of smuggling drugs in Indonesia

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British mother sentenced to one year for drug possession

Rachel Dougall with her translator in court in Denpasar, Bali, on December 11.
Rachel Dougall with her translator in court in Denpasar, Bali, on December 11. Credit: Reuters / Stringer Indonesia

British mother Rachel Dougall has been cleared of being involved in an alleged international drug trafficking ring in Bali, but found guilty of drug possession, and sentenced to one year in prison.

Her lawyer told The Times that as she had already served eight months on jail, he would ask for her to be paroled next month, and sent back to the UK.

Ms Dougall, is one of four Brits accused of attempting to import nearly £1.6 million worth of cocaine on to the island.

She was arrested after police found 25kg of cocaine in a cigarette packet in her house in Tabanan, northwest Bali, during a sting operation.

British man jailed by Indonesian court over drug charges

A court in Indonesia has sentenced a British man to four years in jail for possessing drugs. 40-year-old Paul Beales also faced a further charge of selling them.

But because Beales was not considered the main player in the case, he escaped the death penalty.

Paul Beales escorted by a policeman as he arrived at his trial earlier this year
Paul Beales escorted by a policeman as he arrived at his trial earlier this year Credit: Reuters

Beales was arrested in May this year, along with three other Britons - Lindsay Sandiford, Rachel Dougall and Julian Ponder - after authorities found nearly five kilogrammes of cocaine inside the lining of a suitcase which arrived at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport from Bangkok.

But the court cleared him of those charges.

Trial of Briton accused of Bali drug smuggling begins

One of the Britons accused of attempting to smuggle £1.6 million of cocaine into Bali has started his trial in Indonesia today.

Paul Beales, who faces a maximum of 20 years in jail, and fellow Brits Julian Ponder, Rachel Dougall and Lindsay June Sandiford, along with Indian national, Nanda Gophal, were detained after Indonesian police and custom officials allegedly found 4.8kg of the drug in Sandiford's suitcase.

In May, Mr Beales told our China correspondent Angus Walker, he was "only meant to pick the lady (Lindsay June Sandiford) up".

Mr Beales's trial will continue on September 24.

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