Redcar grandmother sentenced to death for smuggling cocaine requests appeal

Darlington and Stockton Times: DEATH PENALTY: Lindsay Sandiford DEATH PENALTY: Lindsay Sandiford

A GRANDMOTHER sentenced to death by firing squad for smuggling cocaine worth £1.7m into Bali has won an initial reprieve.

There were concerns that Lindsay Sandiford, formerly of Redcar, could have been executed tomorrow (Tuesday, January 29) because she had not lodged an appeal.

But she managed to lodge a last minute appeal request through the head of the jail, Kerobakan Penitentiary, where she is being held.

Mrs Sandiford, 56, who has been living in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire for a number of years, was convicted last week of taking 10.6lb (4.8kg) of the drug into the country.

She was accused by the court of damaging the image of Bali and received the sentence despite prosecutors only asking for a 15-year jail term.

Earlier today (Monday, January 28) it was announced that the British government is to be challenged over its failure to fund legal representation for Mrs Sandiford, who it is thought cannot afford legal representation for the appeal.

Law firm Leigh Day, which is working with the charity Reprieve, said it would cost £2,500 to pay for an adequate lawyer to take on her case, but the Government will not pay.

The firm said Mrs Sandiford, had not been properly represented since her arrest at Bali airport in May last year.

Rosa Curling, from the firm’s human rights team, said: “The UK Government has repeatedly confirmed its opposition to the death penalty. It has a clear legal duty to ensure our client, who has no money to be able to pay for the basic essentials, let alone legal representation, receives appropriate assistance to be able file an appeal against her death sentence.”

The firm is seeking a judicial review of the Government’s decision not to pay the £2,500 legal expenses for Mrs Sandiford. A hearing at the High Court in London will be held before Thursday.

Harriet McCulloch, investigator at Reprieve, said: “Lindsay’s poverty means that she has ended up sentenced to death after a manifestly unfair trial.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the Government does not fund legal representation for British nationals abroad, but Mrs Sandiford’s case was being raised through diplomatic channels.

A spokesman added that under Indonesian law Mrs Sandiford and at least two further chances to appeal through the courts and an opportunity to apply for presidential clemency.

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6:29pm Mon 28 Jan 13

glyn says...

1.She knew what she was doing, let her take the consequences.
2. 56 years old. Old enough to know better
3. Why mention that she is a Grandmother? Sympathy vote?
4. Nearly 11 pounds of the stuff.???
5. £2500 for a lawyer/per day??? Greedy so and so`s
6. We should get tougher with immigrants , foreign workers and holiday makers who come to this country and abuse our hospitality.
1.She knew what she was doing, let her take the consequences. 2. 56 years old. Old enough to know better 3. Why mention that she is a Grandmother? Sympathy vote? 4. Nearly 11 pounds of the stuff.??? 5. £2500 for a lawyer/per day??? Greedy so and so`s 6. We should get tougher with immigrants , foreign workers and holiday makers who come to this country and abuse our hospitality. glyn

10:22am Tue 29 Jan 13

huychy says...

glyn wrote:
1.She knew what she was doing, let her take the consequences.
2. 56 years old. Old enough to know better
3. Why mention that she is a Grandmother? Sympathy vote?
4. Nearly 11 pounds of the stuff.???
5. £2500 for a lawyer/per day??? Greedy so and so`s
6. We should get tougher with immigrants , foreign workers and holiday makers who come to this country and abuse our hospitality.
That comment won't last long, but very well said!
[quote][p][bold]glyn[/bold] wrote: 1.She knew what she was doing, let her take the consequences. 2. 56 years old. Old enough to know better 3. Why mention that she is a Grandmother? Sympathy vote? 4. Nearly 11 pounds of the stuff.??? 5. £2500 for a lawyer/per day??? Greedy so and so`s 6. We should get tougher with immigrants , foreign workers and holiday makers who come to this country and abuse our hospitality.[/p][/quote]That comment won't last long, but very well said! huychy

10:56am Tue 29 Jan 13

behonest says...

It's typical of one of our law firms to try and bleed the Britsh taxpayer for their extortionate legal fees.

Are there racists at Reprieve? They always seem to whinge and criticise the legal systems of foreign states whenever a decision is made that they object to.

This drug-running creature knew the penalty if she was caught. She should 'man-up' and take the punishment and stop expecting British taxpayers to bail her out. We don't care, and she should be executed.
It's typical of one of our law firms to try and bleed the Britsh taxpayer for their extortionate legal fees. Are there racists at Reprieve? They always seem to whinge and criticise the legal systems of foreign states whenever a decision is made that they object to. This drug-running creature knew the penalty if she was caught. She should 'man-up' and take the punishment and stop expecting British taxpayers to bail her out. We don't care, and she should be executed. behonest

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