Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death nearly a decade ago after being arrested for drug trafficking. She’s been on death row ever since and has one last wish
A British grandmother living on death row can do nothing but knit and await her execution while being held in a Bali prison for drug trafficking.
Lindsay Sandiford has been in Kerobokan Prison for nearly a decade, having been arrested in 2013 for trying to smuggle £1.6 million worth of cocaine into Indonesia.
In Indonesia, the punishment for this crime is brutal and terrifying – death by firing squad.
Prisoners can choose to sit or stand before armed soldiers fire, aiming for the heart.
If a prisoner manages to survive, the commander then shoots him in the head.
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The 65-year-old grandmother is still waiting for her execution date as Indonesia performs them infrequently.
Prisoners can be waiting on death row for more than 10 years.
Sandiford, who has separated from her husband, made the decision to move to India in 2012.
She was arrested when she arrived in Bali from Bangkok on May 19, 2012, after cocaine was found in her luggage.
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The former legal secretary originally insisted that she had been forced to carry the Class A drugs by a criminal gang who threatened to harm her family if she refused.
However, she changed her story when she was told that she would receive the death penalty if she was convicted of drug trafficking.
She told officers that Julian Ponder, a British antiques dealer, asked to take the drugs.
Sandiford agreed to participate in a sting operation to capture Ponder, but she was still charged with drug trafficking.
She was sentenced to death on January 22, 2013.
During her time in prison, Sandiford knits various items that she sells to try to raise money for her legal fees.
While behind bars, she befriended assassin Heather Mack.
Mack served 10 years for the murder of his mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, who was then stuffed into a suitcase by her boyfriend.
Mack revealed that Sandiford was becoming more and more reclusive while in prison.
It became difficult to talk to her and she often snapped for no reason.
She said: “She spends all day alone in her cell and doesn’t mix with the other prisoners as much.”
The killer also revealed that Sandiford has only one final wish.
She said, “She said she wants to die.”
In fact, Sandiford herself said, “It won’t be harder for me to face.
“It’s not particularly a death I would choose, but I wouldn’t choose to die in the throes of cancer either.”
She also said she feels blessed to be able to see her two children grow up and meet her grandchildren.
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