Mirror UK by Jon Austin Posted Sun., Apr.26, 2015
Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in 2013 after being convicted of smuggling £1.6 million of cocaine from Bangkok to Bali.
British grandmother-drugs-mule is on death row in Bali has said she wants to “get it over with” after accepting she will face the firing squad.
Lindsay Sandiford, 58, (pic above) was sentenced to death in 2013 after being convicted of smuggling £1.6million of cocaine from Bangkok to Bali the year before. Sandiford is expected to be executed before the end of the year, along with 57 other foreigners.
Sandiford last night broke down in tears after learning that a close friend and eight other drug offenders will be executed this week, reported the Mail on Sunday.
On hearing the news that her friend Australian drug gang leader Andrew Chan, and the eight others, were to be killed this week on the Indonesian “Execution Island” Nusa Kambangan she reportedly told a friend: “I just want to get it over with.”
Sandiford, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, faces execution, despite the prosecution recommending she should be sentenced to 17 years in prison after she helped snare the leaders of the syndicate she acted as mule for.
She was refused funding for an appeal against her sentence by the British Foreign Office and by yesterday a Facebook page set up to try to raise the thousands of pounds needed had just £700.
Chan’s brother Michael told Sandiford in a text message that the nine executions will happen on Tuesday evening, reported the Mail on Sunday.
Authorities in Indonesia have said all 58 foreign drug convicts currently in prison there will be executed by the end of the year.
Sandiford, who struck up a friendship with Chan in Kerobokan Prison, told a friend she was heartbroken at news of his imminent death. She said: “If they kill someone as good as Andrew, what hope is there for me?”
“I just want to get it over with. I feel like just giving up,” she added.
Chan was sentenced to death in 2005 for leading the ” Bali Nine ” heroin smuggling plot has converted to Christianity and was ordained in prison.
He was transferred to the death island in March but has written to Sandiford three times since saying he is not afraid to die but is scared of the bullets and fears it won’t be quick.
Sandiford has always insisted she was forced into the crime by a drugs gang who threatened her sons.
After being caught she took part in a police sting that caught the gang leaders, including the alleged overall boss Julian Ponder, 44, a former Brighton antiques dealer, who got a six-year sentence.
Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/british-drugs-mule-gran-facing-5587556 Link has several pics.