British woman 'faces 15 years' for Bali drugs charges

Lindsay Sandiford in May this year. Credit: ITV News

A grandmother from Teeside is facing 15 years in jail in Bali for her alleged role in an international drug trafficking ring in Bali.

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

Sandiford, originally from Redcar, was arrested in May when customs officers at Bali's airport allegedly discovered 8.4lb (3.8kg) of cocaine in her luggage. Prosecutor Lie Putra Setiawan told the Denpasar District Court that she was guilty of violating the country's strict drugs law.

Under Indonesian law, drug smuggling carries the death sentence though foreigners seldom receive it.