Redcar Woman Sentenced To Death In Bali
22 January 2013, 06:35
56 year old Lindsay Sandiford from Redcar has been sentenced to death in Bali four drugs trafficking.
She was arrested in May 2012 after police in Bali said they found 10.6lb of cocaine in the lining of her suitcase.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:
"We can confirm that a British national is facing the death penalty in Indonesia.
We remain in close contact with that national and continue to provide consular assistance.
The UK remains strongly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances.''
Prosecutors had recommended a 15-year sentence of imprisonment, But the judges said there were no mitigating circumstances and the defendant did not appear to care about the consequences of her actions.
In her witness statement read out to the Bali court earlier this month, she said:
"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."
Sandiford was accused of being at the centre of a ring that involved three other British people.