Drug smuggling Brit granny awaiting execution on death row has last hair-raising wish – World News

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death almost a decade ago after being arrested for drug smuggling. Since then she has been on death row and has one last wish

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Lindsay Sandiford faces death penalty for drug smuggling

A British grandmother living on death row can do nothing but knit and await her execution while incarcerated in a Bali prison for drug smuggling.

Lindsay Sandiford has been in Kerobokan Prison for nearly a decade after she was arrested in 2013 for trying to smuggle £1.6 million worth of cocaine into Indonesia.

In Indonesia, the punishment for this crime is brutal and terrifying – death by firing squad.

Prisoners can choose to sit or stand before armed soldiers take their shots, aiming at the heart.

If a prisoner manages to survive, the commander then shoots him in the head.

Lindsay Sandiford has been in prison since 2013



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The 65-year-old grandmother is still waiting for her execution date, because Indonesia does not often execute them.

Prisoners can wait more than 10 years on death row.

Sandiford, who was separated from her husband, made the decision to move to India in 2012.

She was arrested when she arrived in Bali from Bangkok on May 19, 2012 after cocaine was found in her luggage.

Lindsay Sandiford will face Indonesian firing squad


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The former legal secretary initially insisted she had been forced to carry Class A drugs by a criminal gang that had threatened to hurt her family if she refused.

However, she changed her story when she was told she would face the death penalty if convicted of drug trafficking.

She told officers she had been asked to carry the drugs by Julian Ponder, a British antique dealer.

Sandiford agreed to take part in a police operation to capture Ponder, but she was later charged with drug trafficking.

She was sentenced to death on January 22, 2013.

Lindsay Sandiford speaks to her sister Hillary Parsons in cell



During her time in prison, Sandiford knits several items that she sells to raise money for her legal fees.

While behind bars, she befriended murderer Heather Mack.

Mack served 10 years for the murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, who was then put in a suitcase by her boyfriend.

Mack has revealed that while in prison, Sandiford became increasingly withdrawn.

She became difficult to talk to and often snapped for no reason.

She said, “She spends most of the day alone in her cell and doesn’t socialize much with the other inmates.”

The killer also revealed that Sandiford has only one last wish.

She said, “She said she wants to die.”

Indeed, Sandiford himself said: “It won’t be hard for me to face it anymore.

“It’s not exactly a death I would choose, but then again I wouldn’t choose to die in agony of cancer.”

She has also said she feels blessed to have been able to watch her two sons grow up and see her grandchildren.

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