Cassie, it’s Mum. Can you hear me?

Fam­ily of ac­cused drug mule locked out of prison as TV row brews

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - SARAH BLAKE

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.

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