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.

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Bali drugs Brit jailed for 6 years

A British man has been sentenced to six years by a court in Bali after being convicted of possessing drugs. Julian Ponder was detained after the arrest of British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford. He had earlier been cleared of drugs smuggling