‘I can cope with the firing squad’ No last appeal for gran
ACHELTENHAM grandmother who was sentenced to death in Indonesia for trying to smuggle drugs into the country has said she can ‘cope with’ facing a firing squad.
Lindsay Sandiford, who used to live in Hester’s Way and Warden Hill, was found guilty of attempting to take £1.5m of cocaine into Bali in 2012 and has been on death row since 2013.
The 62-year-old mum of two sons has now given a press interview in Bali’s Kerobokan prison and says she will not lodge a final appeal that could save her life.
Sandiford told Mailonline in spite of everything, she feels blessed.
She was asked if she was afraid of execution by firing squad, and replied: “It won’t be a hard thing for me to face anymore. It’s not particularly a death I would choose but then again I wouldn’t choose dying in agony from cancer either.
‘I do feel I can cope with it. But when it happens I don’t want my family to come. I don’t want any fuss at all. The one thing certain about life is no one gets out alive.”
She told Mailonline that even though she could face execution at any time now “I really cannot face asking anyone for help or having to deal with another lawyer.
“I just can’t face it. I’ve been burnt enough times.
“I’ve had 10 different lawyers. If I actually turned my mind to the legal process I would get angry and bitter and it would be destructive.”
Sandiford said she had forged a close relationship over the phone with her granddaughters, aged six and one.
And she added: “Of course I think about being executed. Who wouldn’t?
“But what keeps me going is the fact I have seen my boys become men and become fathers and I have two beautiful granddaughters and I’ve had the chance to meet them both.
Sandiford, who has taken up knitting in prison, said she was worried about the ‘public humiliation’ of being executed and said condemned prisoners were ‘paraded in front of the press’ and that would be the worst thing for me.
‘My attitude is ‘If you want to shoot me, shoot me. Get on with it.’ I’ve done a terrible thing, I know, but the worst thing is the ritual public humiliation they seem to enjoy.”
No date has been set for any execution.