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Death sentence gran Lindsay Sandiford "was well-known drug dealer" - author

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Looking back:  Indonesia custom officers observe drug evidence  with Lindsay Sandiford

Looking back: Indonesia custom officers observe drug evidence with Lindsay Sandiford

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A GRANDMOTHER from Cheltenham who has been sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Bali was a well-known dealer on the island, it has been claimed.

Lindsay Sandiford, who once lived in Hester's Way and Warden Hill, was arrested in May last year after police in Bali found nearly five kilos of cocaine in her luggage.

The 56-year- old claimed she had only agreed to carry the contraband in order to protect her two sons, Lewis, 23, and Eliot, 21, who she said were being threatened.

Judges on the island left her shell-shocked yesterday after they handed down the death penalty, ordering her to be shot by firing squad as a consequence of her actions.

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Kathryn Bonella, who has written about the island's criminal underworld in a book Snowing in Bali, said despite Sandiford's pleas of innocence she was a well-known face in Bali's drug world and had been seen making regular trips from Britain via India.

In claims to TheTimes newspaper, she said: "She used to bring (hashish) in from India and sell it on to one of my contacts, but had recently moved into cocaine. I know a number of big Western drug dealers who fled the island when they found out that she had been busted and was turning rat."

Sandiford had been based in India since early 2012.

She has been told a number of lines of appeal remain open to her – and she has six days within which to act.

The appeal process could take years.

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

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  • LordBelland  |  February 14 2013, 7:18PM

    I wouldn't allow Martin Horwood to push my bicycle .... how the hell you muppets voted for him is beyond crazy

    Rate   3
  • CTFCScout  |  February 07 2013, 8:53PM

    No sympathy for her. Can't do the time? Then DON'T do the crime!

    Rate   5
  • Saffy  |  January 31 2013, 1:57PM

    Unfortunately she is the master of her own destiny...although the death sentence makes me uncomfortable..she MUST have knew the risks. I only hope this story makes potential drug mules think again....

    Rate   7
  • uselesswonder  |  January 24 2013, 5:20PM

    If the allegations that she was a well known drug dealer is true then she deserves to suffer the consequences. She must have known that to deal in Bali was punishable by death and she still went ahead so she deserves everything she gets. If only this country had more serious sentences like other countries then maybe the crime rate would be a little lower......

    Rate   20
  • zalapompadoo  |  January 24 2013, 2:55PM

    i agree with kutrvanwall this will cost us the hardworking taxpayer and she knew the risks and has been caught red handed, what will happen she will get a pardon then sell her story to tacky magazines for thousands and will she contribute the costs,NO she will sit back and enjoy the glory probably go on benefits as she will be suffering depression yet be well enough to go the jermery kyle show and when the cash runs out what will she do head back and do it all again simples

    Rate   25
  • Littlemiss  |  January 24 2013, 1:36PM

    'She has been told a number of lines of appeal remain open to her' - unfortunate choice of words...

    Rate   27
  • LegalEagle1  |  January 24 2013, 1:23PM

    Given the highly precarious situation that this woman finds herself in, It is not responsible to syndicate unverifiable and unsustantiated assertions made by Kathryn Bonella whose aim in writing a book is to make money.

    Rate   -13
  • IsitJimKerr  |  January 24 2013, 12:47PM

    I think Mr Horwood should either retract his statement, in light of 'new' evidence, or just shut the **** up. As has been said, why throw good money after bad? But then again, where are all the liberals who want drugs legalised?

    Rate   17
  • Ysedra  |  January 24 2013, 11:00AM

    Were her frequent visits ever mentioned during the trial? Seems relevant, somehow...

    Rate   24
  • kurtvanwall  |  January 24 2013, 10:47AM

    Why should we taxpayers fund our governments intervention in this matter? Let the drug dealing ***** rot in hell as far as I am concerned.

    Rate   31