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.

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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.