Cassie Sainsbury’s plea deal rejected by Colombian court

UPDATE @ 7.40am: A COLOMBIAN judge has formally rejected Cassie Sainsbury’s plea deal for a reduced sentence of six years.

The decision was handed down by Judge Sergio Leon in a Bogota court this morning.

The 22-year-old was caught with close to six-kilograms of cocaine in her luggage in April.


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The accused Australian drug smuggler is now facing the possibility of spending a potential 20 year sentence in a Colombian prison.

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EARLIER @ 7.15am: Accused drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury has arrived at a Colombian court to offer a plea deal.

Under the new deal the Australian would serve six years behind bars at El Buen Pastor Jail, if the judge signs off on the agreement she reached with prosecutors.

Judge Sergio Leon suspended a hearing back in July after Sainsbury said she’d only agreed to smuggle the cocaine after her family had been threatened.

Her lawyer Orlando Herran said she plans to stick by this story when she appears in court, meaning her case will likely go to trial.

He also said Sainsbury was worried about her reputation and what Australians think of her, as she refused to back down on her story.

The plea is a risky move however, if she is unable to prove the claim she was threatened she’ll go to trial and face between 21 and 30 years in jail.

The 22-year-old was caught with close to six-kilograms of cocaine in her luggage in April.

 

 

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