Drug-smuggling woman facing 15 years in jail

A woman from Teesside is facing 15 years in jail in Bali for her alleged role in a cocaine smuggling ring.

Prosecutors have asked for the sentence if 56-year-old Lindsay Sandiford is convicted of smuggling the Class A drugs worth £1.5 million into the resort.

The grandmother, originally from Redcar, was arrested in May when customs officers at Bali's airport allegedly discovered nearly 4 kg of cocaine in her luggage.

Prosecutor Lie Putra Setiawan told the Denpasar District Court that the defendant was guilty of violating Indonesia's strict narcotics law.

Under Indonesia's very strict anti-drugs laws, drug smuggling carries the death sentence.

Sandiford had previously told authorities that she had been coerced into smuggling the drugs through fear that her family would be hurt.

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Grandmother facing jail abroad

A woman from Teesside is facing 15 years in jail in Bali for her alleged role in a cocaine smuggling ring.