Grandfather facing life-sentence in Japan over drug smuggling

Frank Rodway

A grandfather from Salford is languishing in prison in Japan after he was caught allegedly smuggling drugs into the country.

Frank Rodway was arrested in Tokyo six months ago with two and a half kilos of amphetamines in his luggage. He's now facing a possible life sentence.

Back home in Salford, his daughter says her father is vulnerable, and he's been the victim of an elaborate internet scam. She said he was told he'd inherited millions but he had to travel to Africa and Japan first.

Despite warnings from his daughter, the 67-year-old boarded a series of flights which took him to Mali in Africa, before he was told to travel on to Tokyo where his new fortune would be waiting for him. Laura Rodway believes drugs were planted on her father after he arrived in Africa.

Frank with his daughter Laura on her wedding day. A few days after Frank went on the trip without telling his family

Mr Rodway remains behind bars in prison awaiting trial.