Redcar woman in Bali court

A grandmother from Teesside is appearing in a court in Bali charged with drug trafficking. Lindsay Sandiford is expected to tell the court that she became involved because the lives of her children had been threatened.

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Redcar woman in Bali court facing two week wait

A woman from Teesside currently on trial in Indonesia for drug trafficking will have to wait for nearly two weeks for a judgment.

Lindsay Sandiford, originally from Redcar, was arrested in May after police in Bali said that they found more than ten pounds of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase.

Earlier, she told the court she became involved only because her children were in danger.

Prosecutors presented their case in court today.

They want a 15-year jail term - a lesser sentence than the maximum penalty for drug trafficking which is death.

The judgement is expected on January 22nd.

Redcar woman apologises for drugs-trafficking

A British woman on trial in Indonesia for drug trafficking told a court today that she became involved only because "the lives of my children were in danger".

56-year-old Lindsay Sandiford, originally from Redcar, was arrested in May after police in Bali said they found 10.6lb of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase.

In her witness statement, Mrs Sandiford apologised for her involvement in the incident.

"I would like to begin by apologising to the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian people for my involvement.

I would never have become involved in something like this but the lives of my children were in danger and I felt I had to protect them."

– Lindsay Sandiford

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Expert believes Teesside grandmother "coerced" into drug trafficking

A statement by Jennifer Fleetwood, an expert on the coercion of women in the international drug trade, was read out today as Lindsay Sandiford appeared in front of a court in Bali charged with drug trafficking.

The statement said, that in Dr Fleetwood's opinion, Mrs Sandiford was threatened and coerced into acting as a drugs courier.

The next hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Statement read out from son of Redcar woman in court

A woman originally from Redcar has appeared in front of a court in Bali today charged with drug trafficking.

During the hearing today Mrs Sandiford's lawyer read out a statement from her son.

If found guilty, Mrs Sandiford could spent fifteen years in jail.

"I love my mother very much and have a very close relationship with her.

I know that she would do anything to protect me.

I cannot imagine what I would do if she was sentenced to death in relation to these charges."

– Statement from son of Lindsay Sandiford

Redcar woman "targeted by drug traffickers"

Reprieve, a charity which seeks to enforce human rights for prisoners, has said that Mrs Sandiford was targeted by drug traffickers.

"Lindsay was targeted by drug traffickers, who exploited her vulnerability and made threats against her children.

Following her arrest, she was interrogated by the Indonesian police without a translator, legal representation or the assistance of the British Embassy for 10 days."

– Harriet McCulloch, spokeswoman for Reprieve

Teesside grandmother was "protecting her children"

A Teesside woman on trial in Indonesia for drug trafficking is expected to tell a court that she only became involved because "the lives of my children were in danger".

56-year-old Lindsay Sandiford, originally from Redcar, was arrested in May after police in Bali said they found nearly 5 kg of cocaine in her suitcase lining.

In her witness statement, she is expected to say:

"I would like to begin by apologising to the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian people for my involvement.

"I would never have become involved in something like this but the lives of my children were in danger and I felt I had to protect them."

– Lindsay Sandiford

Prosecutors in the Bali court have already said they are seeking a 15-year prison term, a lesser sentence than the maximum penalty for drug trafficking which is death.

This hearing was postponed from last week because an interpreter was not available.

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