Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Real Life -

As Schapelle comes to the end off her parolepa­role pe­riod in Bali, 22-year-old Ade­laide woman Cassie Sains­bury is fac­ing a sim­i­lar fate in Colom­bia. She was ar­rested at Bo­gata air­port af­ter of­fi­cers found 5.8kg of co­caine in her lug­gage ahead of a flight to Lon­don. She claims she was tricked into car­ry­ing the drugs, and that she thought she’d bought 18 sets of head­phones for her brides­maids ahead of her wed­ding in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Be­hind bars in the no­to­ri­ous El Buen Pas­tor prison, the per­sonal trainer claims she is in­no­cent, though it re­mains un­clear ex­actly why she was in Colom­bia and who paid for her ticket to Lon­don just hours be­fore she was due to board.

Her friends and fam­ily are cam­paign­ing to raise funds for her le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and are said to have sold her story to 60 Min­utes for an “eye-wa­ter­ing” amount. Cassie is also hop­ing Aussie tax­pay­ers will help fund her case. “They are look­ing for state funds in Aus­tralia for the le­gal costs,” her Colombian lawyer Or­lando Her­ron said.

Schapelle and some of the Bali Nine also took ad­van­tage of the scheme that helps Aussies who face ex­treme sen­tences abroad. Cassie is fac­ing 25 years in prison.

Cassie with the pack­ages found in her lug­gage.

De­spite be­ing locked up, it’s claimed Cassie is en­joy­ing the at­ten­tion.

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