Drug Smuggling British Grandma On Death Row Makes One Final Chilling Wish

Posted by Sama in News On 16th May 2022
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Lindsay Sandiford has been serving her death sentence for years now. The British grandmother is now waiting for her execution date and till then she continues to be in limbo. Lindsay separated from her husband and moved to India in 2012. However, she had no idea how fate will work out for her as she became entangled in a drug bust.

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Lindsay Sandiford, 65 is the British grandmother who is serving 9 years behind prison bars after she was caught attempting to smuggle a suitcase full of cocaine worth £1.6 million into Indonesia in 2012. 

Lindsay is now on death row at a Bali prison and has revealed her final wish which is a chilling request. 

The former legal secretary was subsequently arrested and sentenced to death by court in the country, where it’s likely she’ll be killed by firing squad.

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But Indonesia does not carry out these executions very frequently, in fact, the last known case was in 2016. this means that the British grandmother has been waiting for her death row for almost a decade and has missed the chance of spending any length of time with her sons as they grow up and start families of their own. 

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According to The Mirror, Sandiford, originally from Cheltenham, knits various items in prison that she sells in order to raise funds for her legal costs. 

She also befriended Heather Mack, who was sentenced to 10 years for killing her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack.

Mack said Sandiford struggled and became difficult to speak to as her time behind bars continued. 

"She spends all day pretty much alone in her cell and doesn’t mix so much with the other prisoners,” she said. 

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The American killer - who served seven years of her 10-year sentence - also revealed Sandiford’s one final wish, stating: "She has said she wants to die."

Adding to this, Sandiford explained: "It won't be a hard thing for me to face anymore.

"It's not particularly a death I would choose but then again I wouldn't choose dying in agony from cancer either."

The British gran is currently being held in Kerobokan prison, which was built in 1979 to hold 320 prisoners.

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Since 2017, almost 1300 prisoners have been packed into the penitentiary, and the issue of overcrowding remains even after a newly built facility was launched in 2018. 

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The British grandmother continues to wait for her death sentence and till then she is left in limbo.

Sandiford separated from her husband and moved to India in 2012 and go caught up in the drug bust.

 

 

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After getting arrested on charges of carrying drugs, Sandiford told the court that she was pressured into carrying the drugs by a gang who had made threats against her children.

Her lawyers also argued she was suffering from mental health problems.

Speaking to the court during her trial, she expressed regret over her involvement, stating: "I would like to begin by apologising to the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian people for my involvement.

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"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.”

At the time, in a statement to the House of Commons, Hugo Swire, Minister of State for the Foreign Office, expressed his concern about the decision.

"We are aware that Lindsay Sandiford is facing the death penalty in Indonesia,” he said.

"We strongly object to the death penalty and continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay and her family during this difficult time."

Sandiford also appealed against the decision but she had no money left to pay for a legal team.

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