Cassie, it’s Mum. Can you hear me?
Family of accused drug mule locked out of prison as TV row brews
CASSIE Sainsbury’s mum and sister yesterday resorted to yelling her name from a public park behind her Bogota jail to try to talk to her amid fallout from the paid media deal they made without her knowledge.
Lisa Evans and Khala Sainsbury were filmed by the 60 Minutes crew with whom they have signed an exclusive contract to talk about Sainsbury’s ordeal — a deal that the 22-year-old told The Sunday Telegraph has upset her because they didn’t seek her permission.
They stood for almost half an hour filming the segment in which they waved their arms and called out to Sainsbury on the walkway outside her cell in Patio Five.
The pair had asked for a million dollars in initial nego- tiations for the story, but the final figure is understood to be much lower. The Channel Nine deal rivals one signed by Sainsbury’s fiance Scott Broadbridge, which Sainsbury says she supports.
Despite the two competing cash-for-comment deals, Sainsbury on Thursday spoke extensively to The Sunday Telegraph, over a public phone in her cell block, where she revealed she is being bull- ied by her cellmates and not receiving the right medical attention in four separate conversations of about five minutes each.
She said she didn’t know about her family’s agreement with 60 Minutes and that it annoyed her.
“It’s my story. They need to get permission from me to sell my story,” she said.
Sainsbury was arrested on April 11 at El Dorado interna- tional airport with 18 plasticwrapped packages of cocaine.
She denies she was trying to smuggle the 5.8kg of drugs home to Australia and said instead she was tricked into packing them by a man she only knew as Angelo, who she met and came to trust as “a good friend” after landing in the South American cocaine capital on April 3.
Sainsbury has told police, her family and lawyers she thought the oddly shaped packages were headphones she’d bought for a bargain.
Broadbridge visited the jail to sign paperwork ahead of his scheduled visit on Saturday, local time, which is when El Buen Pastor allows men to visit their partners.
He will have a six-hour window to spend with Sainsbury, who he will meet after passing through three security checks.
Her family is expected to visit on Sunday, the designated day for female guests.
Colombian prison authorities have repeatedly said they would make no special concessions for Sainsbury because she is a foreigner, which means her visitors will be forced to stand in a long line outside the jail waiting to clear security.
With Mother’s Day falling on Sunday, the queue is expected to be even longer, and insiders say some visitors line up from 4am to get in.
Cassie Sainsbury's mum Lisa Evans and sister Khala try to get her attention from outside the prison walls yesterday. Picture: Guillermo Legaria
Scott Broadbridge, fiance at Bogota prison yesterday. Sainsbury’s police mug shot. Picture: 7 News
Sainsbury's Colombian lawyer Orlando Herran.
Mother Lisa Evans and sister Khala Sainsbury.