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Death sentence for Cheltenham grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, guilty drug trafficking

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

  • DEVASTATING SENTENCE: Lindsay Sandiford, previously of Cheltenham, at court in Bali with her interpreter

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LINDSAY Sandiford faces years in a Thai prison as she battles a death penalty for drug trafficking.

The 56-year-old grandmother, who once lived in Hester's Way and Warden Hill, was arrested in May last year after police in Bali said they found 10.6lb of cocaine worth £1.6 million in the lining of her suitcase.

She wept as sentence was passed yesterday.

Sandiford now faces the prospect of a firing squad, but has been told that there are a number of lines of appeal open to her.

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The British Government has vowed to do all it can for her after Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood pushed for the embassy to get involved.

Sandiford had claimed in court that she was forced into trafficking the drugs by gangsters who were threatening to hurt one of her children.

Delivering the sentence, a panel, headed by Judge Amser Simanjuntak, concluded Sandiford had damaged Bali's image as a tourist destination and weakened its anti-drugs programme. The judge told the court: "We found no reason to lighten her sentence."

Prosecutors said during Sandiford's trial that they were seeking a 15-year prison term.

Raising her case during Foreign Office questions, Mr Horwood said: "Whatever our abhorrence at this evil trade, does the Foreign Secretary agree that this is out of keeping with Indonesia's historic progress towards democracy and human rights and will he ensure that Mrs Sandiford, who has struggled with legal representation, receives the best possible consular support?" And Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire said: "Under Indonesian law, Lindsay has at least two further avenues of appeal through the courts as well as an opportunity to apply for presidential clemency should these be unsuccessful."

A former colleague of Sandiford in Cheltenham said she should have "expected the consequences" of flouting Bali's strict laws.

Maria Swift, 47, worked for Sandiford as a secretary at DTS Legal in the town.

She said: "When you go into these countries, it does state that the importation of drugs is punishable by death. She's not a stupid woman, she would have known.

"I'm a firm believer that the law is the law and it is there for a reason, this is the ultimate punishment and she should and would have known that could have happened to her."

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  • CBCschmucks  |  January 24 2013, 8:40PM

    Good! One less scvmbag out there. Wish the UK had the same policy for filth like that woman.

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  • Sarahlouise22  |  January 23 2013, 11:07PM

    Its Maria, you twit. And none of us are saying that Lindsey deserves the death sentence. Especially not by firing squad so maybe you should read my comments properly. So yeah, I am family and ill defend them all. And george was right, you know nothing... how about being an adult and go off anddo something useful. If you had just read the story without dragging my mother or brother into this then I wouldnt be here now having this **** conversation with you. Thank god I dont need much sleep as I have to be up at 5 after only just finishing work.... for starters, what has been printed in this story was neither said or came from my mother, if you want to know what she really thinks of her then ask her yourself... secondly my brother being in prision and for what ever reason it is has nothing to do with you. Thirdly calling my other brother George a prat and a dinlo, that yound man puts his life on the line so ******s like you can still live in a free country. So carry on ****ging us all off on this website, I dare you to climb out from behind your screen and say what you truely think to our faces.... between my last comment and finishing work I have been a busy bee, I have delt with the echo... what have you done? Other than search for other comments? and just being a general div to social media... go for a walk, gather more information. I look forward to reading your FACTS if you have any in the afternoon....btw helpful little fact for you I am still proud of the upbringing I have had. It helps me feel sorry for opinionated people like yourself....

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  • Jewbacca  |  January 23 2013, 10:34PM

    I see the retards are out tonight defending this awful family.

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  • eye4eyeagain  |  January 23 2013, 9:59PM

    Just thought i would give you a little reminder Sarahlouise............. "For your records yes I am family. I am his sister. I know he's a **** and I have seen some of the stuff he has done. But he didn't strip that kid and he didn't beat him up either. Now excuse my french when I say **** off and put 2 fingers up to frank on D wing and your association with him. Joe will one day make a great father as he is already a fierce and protective brother and uncle. You people have no right to judge him!! Ate your lives so rosy? Have you never done anything wrong? Or do you see yourselves better off. Living in your safe little bubble worlds? Im glad I have him in my life. And im proud of the upbringing I have had. I have no misconceptions in my life. As far as im concerned im surrounded by friends family and the rest of the world can drop away for all I care. You are of no importance to me or this site. I bid u all good day and pray that none of you ever have to leave your sheltered lifestyles if something like this crops up in your families"............maybe Marie should take on board a few of your comments here....or has your opinion changed??????????

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  • eye4aneye13  |  January 23 2013, 9:29PM

    Firstly George, you really don't make any sense...."i don't know what i'm on about???" then you agree her son is in prison...... think you need to read my comment again, dinlo!! Jumping in with your stupid comments, grow a pair you prat. Secondly, SarahLouise.... think you need to read my comment too, not saying anything about who got in touch with who.....my opinion is that Marie or whatever she calls herself is a hypocrite in defending her evil son but agreeing that this poor woman she be shot in the head when no-one but her knows why she did what she did....you should know all the facts before allowing someone to have the death sentence....and as for her being responsible for people taking drugs, she hasn't forced anyone to take anything its just stupid, idiotic losers that get involved in drugs...from a bit of weed to crack cocaine!!!!!!

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  • Beelzebub666  |  January 23 2013, 7:08PM

    No sympathy whatsoever, she knew what she was doing as did the motley crew she was with. They all knew the risks but took them none the less, so now they have to suffer the consequences. Greedy sad individuals, who have just flushed there lives down the pan.

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  • Sarahlouise22  |  January 23 2013, 1:26PM

    thinks eye4andeye should swallow its own medicine... again u know nothing... Addie worked for Lindsey and News got in touch with her as she is the only person that had a nutural opinion of her.... and well done for doing your homework, Yes she is, but that matter is neither here or there. not related to this story in the slightest.... tired of jumped up people being keyboard warriors, its not something you would say to these two if you knew them. Addie has a heart of gold and treats her children with the utmost care and they are all lovely and have their own characters... Linsey was the same, every one chooses their own paths so but out and get on to a story that know one will backhand you for. Gooday Sir/Madam

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  • george92  |  January 23 2013, 1:21PM

    eye4aneye.... well you clearly dont have a clue what your on about yes her son is inprison BUT are the other 2 wouldnt supprise me if it was your son not gunna name names soo il leave it their one sons down fall dosnt inpact on the rest of her family all her kids are great so please just leave it yes !!!!

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  • Bellyflop  |  January 23 2013, 11:35AM

    She should be made cocaine dependent and have her drugs withdrawn to show what misery she was happy to inflict on others. Once she has suffered enough of withdrawal symptons then give her the bullet she deserves.

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  • yumtum20  |  January 23 2013, 9:45AM

    Well, she won,t do it again, will she?

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