Judge to consider previously undisclosed evidence in Australians final legal opportunity to reduce her sentence
Australian Associated Press
Wed 14 Feb 2018 20.38EST Last modified on Wed 14 Feb 2018 22.30EST
Adelaide drug mule Cassie Sainsbury, who is serving a six-year jail term for trying to smuggle almost 6kg of cocaine out of Colombia, could have her sentence reduced as a judge considers previously undisclosed evidence.
Originally, the 22-year-old had been facing up to 30 years in jail after being caught with 5.8kg of cocaine hidden inside 18 headphone boxes as she tried to leave Bogots airport in April 2017.
She was sentenced in November after a judge rubber-stamped a plea deal, but media reports say a judge will consider undisclosed evidence that could reduce Sainsburys jail term in what will be her final legal opportunity.
Sainsburys mother, Lisa Evans, is travelling to Colombia to support her daughter as she prepares to appear in court in coming weeks, the Adelaide Advertiser reported.
In an interview with the Nine Networks 60 Minutes program in September, Sainsbury told of how she landed in trouble in Colombia after thinking she had accepted a job as a legitimate courier transporting documents for $10,000 plus flights, but plans changed at the last minute.
She was sent to Colombia, where a mastermind known only as Angelo threatened via WhatsApp to kill her mother, sister and fiance if she did not transport his drugs.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/15/cassie-sainsbury-drug-mules-six-year-jail-term-in-colombia-could-be-cut