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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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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