Bali drug trial: Lindsay Sandiford 'had cocaine in suitcase'

Lindsay Sandiford talks to her Indonesian lawyer Ersa Karo Karo in court during her trial in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia Three customs officials testified against Lindsay Sandiford

Related Stories

An Indonesian customs officer has told a Bali court he found 4.8kg of cocaine in the suitcase of a British woman, accused of drug offences, when it went through an airport X-ray machine.

Lindsay Sandiford, 56, from Gloucestershire, is on trial for selling or facilitating the sale of more than 5g of narcotics.

The official said the drugs were found in the lining of her suitcase in May.

She is one of four Britons facing drug charges in the Indonesian province.

Mrs Sandiford appeared in court in Denpasar, Bali, on Wednesday where three Indonesian officials testified against her.

Christian Septu Nugraha, a customs officer at Bali Airport, told the court that when he showed the drugs to Mrs Sandiford she appeared shocked as if she was not aware of the contents of the package.

He added that Mrs Sandiford said at that time that she knew nothing about the cocaine.

In prison

During her last court appearance, without a lawyer earlier in October, Mrs Sandiford said she thought there might be inaccuracies in the prosecution's case.

Mrs Sandiford, who was born in Redcar, Teesside, is at Bali's Kerobokan prison, where she is being held with three other Britons charged in the case - Paul Beales, Julian Ponder and Rachel Dougall.

Mr Ponder and Mr Beales face the same charge as Mrs Sandiford.

Ms Dougall is charged with possession of drugs and failure to report a crime.

The charge of selling or facilitating the sale of more than 5g of drugs is, potentially, punishable by death.

All four were arrested in May for allegedly importing 4.8kg cocaine worth £1.6m.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Asia stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • TravelAround the world

    BBC Travel takes a look at the most striking images from the past seven days


  • A bicycle with a Copenhagen WheelClick Watch

    The wheel giving push bikes an extra boost by turning them into smart electric hybrids

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.