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British Gran on death row awaiting execution has chilling final wish

British Gran on death row awaiting execution has chilling final wish

The grandmother has been behind bars for a decade

A British grandma on death row in a Bali prison for drug smuggling once revealed her final wish.

Lindsay Sandiford, 67, has spent a decade behind bars when she was caught attempting to smuggle £1.6 million of cocaine into Indonesia from Bangkok.

She was found guilty of the crime in December 2012 and sentenced to death by firing squad the following month.

However, given that the South East Asian country doesn't carry out these executions regularly, the former legal secretary has been in limbo for over a decade.

This means that she has been apart from her sons who have started families of their own since she was put behind bars.

The Mirror reports that the Cheltenham-based mum knitted various items in her cell, which she would sell to raise funds for her legal bills.

Whilst behind bars, Sandiford got friendly with Heather Mack, who was serving a 10 year sentence for killing her mother.

Lindsay Sandiford has been in jail for over ten years.

Mack claimed that Sandiford struggled whilst locked up and became increasingly withdrawn: "She spends all day pretty much alone in her cell and doesn’t mix so much with the other prisoners."

The American killer, who ultimately served seven years, revealed what Sandiford's final wish was: "She has said she wants to die."

Sandiford said: "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.

But as of 2017, almost 1,300 inmates were being packed into the penitentiary, and the issue of overcrowding remains even after a newly built facility was launched in 2018.

Sandiford is still waiting to hear when her execution date will be, and until then she is left in limbo.

Lindsay Sandiford was caught smuggling cocaine in a suitcase.

She previously separated from her husband and made the decision to move to India in 2012, only to then get caught up in the drugs bust.

After she was caught, Sandiford claimed she was pressured into carrying the drugs by a gang who had made threats against her children, and 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.

"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.”

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Topics: Crime, UK News